Location: Roberts Creek, BC
Elen Danielle is a textile artist and designer with over fifteen years of experience creating clothing, accessories, and other such soft treasures
I grew up steeped in nature on the West Coast of Canada. The wild and pristine environment instilled in me a devotion to natural beauty, spirituality, and preservation — and the desire to create physical manifestations of these values to share with others.
This led me to study Industrial Design at Emily Carr University, where I focused on sustainability and the challenge of applying it to my growing interest in fashion. In the years following graduation, I worked in the local industry gaining hands-on experience in responsible production methods resulting in thoughtful, zero-waste “slow fashion”.
I have discovered many things over the years I’ve spent pouring myself into my art. Creating has been a reciprocal nurturing process that drives me to invent and adapt until I am left with a tangible memory of the lessons learnt along the way. In this cycle, I have found endless inspiration and true relief from trauma and suffering, both personal and worldly.
For me, textile art is more than a craft. Each piece I create is a talisman, dutiful storytelling in stitches with the power to heal, move beyond, or preserve meaning in this fast paced world. Whether it’s a commission for a ceremony, a gift to commemorate a milestone, or an addition to your personal style, every collaboration with a client provides me the opportunity to share the healing powers of art therapy with those who have invited me into their lives.
Every hand embroidered brooch is made with real gold metal embroidery thread, silk thread, silk charmeuse, and finished with gold plated stainless steel bar locking pinbacks. Select embroideries have embellishments with garnet, sapphire, tourmaline, natural zircon, and fresh water pearls. Others have accents with fuzzy silk chenille thread and gold beads, spangles and accoutrements. Some silk charmeuse has been hand painted.
For ensured longevity, wear and store your embroidery with care. Like all natural metals, goldwork will darken over time. Keep the metal brightest by storing your artwork out of direct sunlight. When worn be mindful of the intricacy of embroidery, beadwork, and the delicacy of real metal threads.