Black Nouveau and Unicorns: An Update on Artist Simone Elizabeth Saunders

2 August 2023
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I think we instinctively know when we see something really special. It not only speaks to us but moves us and often stays with us long after the experience. This is how I felt went I experienced Simone Elizabeth Saunders’s exhibition U.N.I.T.Y at the Textile Museum of Canada in 2022. This artist’s tufting work made such an impression on me that I have continued to follow her work and achievements since seeing the exhibition. I am happy to report that she is garnering well-deserved recognition in several arenas. I recently caught up with her to ask what’s new.

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About Fiona Ellis

Fiona Ellis learned to knit from her Grandmother at a very early age. She went onto to study Fashion at DeMontfort University (Leicester UK) where she specialized in knitwear design. She has been designing professionally since graduating in 1993. Her original designs have been sold to major fashion houses in New York, London & Paris for mass-market production and have been widely published through premier knitting magazines and in yarn pattern booklets for many yarn companies. She is the author of the books Inspired Cable Knits, Knitspiration Journal and Inspired Fair Isle Knits & is also an instructor at Craftsy. You can find out what she is currently doing at

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