I’m Ella Johnston, an artist and illustrator, homes and crafts journalist and stylist. During my career I’ve edited Homemaker, Let’s Get Crafting and Papercrafter magazines, as well as the M&S Home catalogues and Restaurant magazine. I’ve also written for Cath Kidston and You and Your Wedding while my illustrations have featured in magazines including Boots Health and Beauty, Firewords art and literature magazine, Jamie Cullum’s The Eighty-Eight, Crafts Beautiful, Homemaker and more.
I love writing and reporting, but drawing and nesting are my greatest passions and I want to show you how to inject an artful edge to your home and give you some insights into my drawing process.
My drawings and paintings have been exhibited in gallery spaces in London and the south-east and are sold locally and online. Through my work I’ve occasionally popped up as a presenter on television and crafting in videos for clients.
This blog aims celebrate the creative life. Whether it is championing great design, curating spaces that allow your artful side to flourish, making your own unique home accessories or simply wishing to enjoy a great drawing, Ella’s place is here to beat the drum for the aesthete in all of us.
So what happens round Ella’s place? Art is made (a lot), ideas are explored, great designs are created, beautiful things are crafted, interiors are decorated, furniture is upcycled, friends and family arrive, guests are entertained, music plays, food is cooked, culture and philosophy are discussed, we walk through the countryside, books are written… great things happen at Ella’s Place.
I live in lovely Wivenhoe, Essex, on the edge of the Colne estuary marshes, where I’m also one half of a small independent publishing company, Dunlin Press. Its first book, Est: collected reports from East Anglia, was published in March 2015 and the second book The Migrant Waders features 21 wading bird illustrations created by me and was published in April 2016.