Before she became a maker, Ellie worked in higher education, as an archivist, a historian, and as a policy-maker. It was a career immersed in paper, words and books, with research interests in the historical development of identity and community. These remain common threads in her making and choice of materials.
Ellie has exhibited in group shows at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts, ARC Stockton, Arts Centre Washington, and Pineapple Black. In 2021, she was selected to be the first artist to exhibit in the new Hills Arts Centre in Sunderland, and was commissioned by Durham Cathedral to respond to Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon installation. Ellie is currently artist-in-residence at Seventeen Nineteen in Sunderland.