Collaborations with churches, businesses and community organizations have generated meaningful symbols, and helped groups to enhance their sense of identity. Ellen’s design for your group will reflect its particular needs and interests, and can be tailored to most budgets. Large panels and hangings are in her public portfolio, available upon request. Specific commission proposals are submitted after her initial consultation. Ellen can be available for valuable publicity opportunities such as press conferences, which can help to raise the organization’s profile and even enable the work to serve as a fund-raising device.

An important element of the community project is the collection and documentation of contributed memorabilia. A formal book can be commissioned as part of the project, archiving the group’s stories. We will provide a sample letter defining the appropriate contributions and timing, and specific recommendations regarding your collection of materials. We can lead you through the process of solicitation, gathering and annotating the donations, and conveying to us.

Commissioning such a work or series of works has proven to be a powerful bonding experience for many people and groups. Personal effects, filtered in this way, can help us to bridge life’s passages and create meaningful and lasting snapshots of important moments in time.

Ellen is an active member of the Art of Community Pickens County team and a Creative Mentor for the Art of Community- Rural SC. Both projects are overseen by the South Carolina Arts Commission.





SCANA Energy, Columbia, SC

20 metal grid panels 4’ by 6’ to 10’ each, assembled as a transparent maze in headquarters lobby, using memorabilia contributed by employees. 

Under One Roof


Community Building Initiative, Charlotte, NC.

Commemorating their 10th anniversary. Proposed 10 indigo-dyed silk tarps, 4′ x 8′ each, using images and writings from a series of community workshops.



Mercy Hospital, Charlotte, NC

2 hangings for curved wall of 1st floor elevator lobby, 48” by 92” each, consisting of pages made at employee workshops, using hospital artifacts.  Hundreds of beads were created by participants, each committing to their part in the hospital’s transition to a more patient centered care model, the Planetree Initiative.

Mill Memory


Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg, SC

Collective commemoration of textile mill history,  24 wood-framed panels 18″ x 18″ x 6″, commissioned by Hub City Writers Project.

Tower Spirits


Permanent collection of Museum of Art + Design, NY

2 hangings 15” x 96” x 8.”  Book included. Collective sculpture expressing grief and hope of 9/11 with 150 contributors from 40 states and 5 countries.

Garden Party


Gateway Center, Charlotte, NC

6′ high x 24′ wide, consisting of 64 panels with over 700 bundles of memorabilia contributed by bank associates & facility partners. Commissioned by Bank of America.

Clemson Community Patchwork


City of Clemson, SC

6 18-inch panels, 4’ x 6’ overall dimension. 50th anniversary celebration with 54 contributing individuals and organizations.  Accompanied by handmade book and location map. Sponsored by Clemson Area Arts Council. Partially funded by the SC Arts Commission with support from NEA. Currently installed at the Clemson Arts Center.

Weaving Our Lives Together


First Baptist Church, Greenville, SC.  

9′ x 16′ banner. Collected textiles from the congregation, with over 700 contributions.