“Possibilities are endless as long as you grab opportunities and follow your instincts.”
ellebannA is a freelance costume designer also known as Annabelle. She takes her audience on a journey to experience a world of fantasy through exhibiting Costume Performance. The experience is enhanced through scenery creating an environment where the unexpected is expected, bringing the costume to life. The aspect of accentuating or restricting movement are based on her aim to ‘Enhance a Dance.’ through costume. She brings her joyful fantasies to life and shares them through various creative ways she calls ‘Costume Performance’. Her passions and inspirations constantly evolve and tiptoe towards making her fantasy a reality.
She was raised on the unique and inspirational island of Ibiza. Ibiza is a fascinating place to be, with wonderful people and energy. Creatively this helps to keep her costume design fresh and unique. Her ideas have been able to come to life by the support and faith of her friends and other intrigued creatives.
“Good teamwork is priceless, it opens up endless doors to a whole new spectrum of possibilities, through sharing ideas and motivation, together our world can truly be our oyster.”
In 2012, she completed her degree in Costume Design and Construction for theatre and film. Having studied in Ibiza, Ireland, England, she has a wide scope of knowledge and skills. She has experimented with a variety of designs and media ranging from lush silks and lycra to recycling rubbish, aluminium, plastics and plaster.
ellebannAs’ main aspiration is to live a colourful life. Through being creative, self-motivated and enthusiastic enables her to fill this life with exciting challenges for herself as well as others, constantly learning and evolving, sharing ideas and experiences with other positive beings that also are stimulated through curiosity.
“My Character is thirsty for new explorations of visual entertainment, captivating smiles and pondering thoughts.”
ellebannA likes to make clothes that are multi functional, being simple yet effective. Feel good skirts and dresses are her thing, light and easy to put on, like the touch of silk flowing in the wind. These can be custom designed to fit whilst, made adaptable to the mood and style you want for every occasion. Reversing the ways designs are made, she challenges the need for more by creating multi-purposed pieces.
Her designs are like a visual performance in itself. They tell a story, it has its past, present and its future. Even as it ages, the costume evolves and its character deepens discovering its true self and ways of expression unfold.
She is intrigue by the pure form of solid and soft materials and enjoys exploring their qualities through different methods of manipulation, open to the idea of slipping into a happy accident. To help enhance peculiar characteristics she uses unusual materials such as aluminium, plastic, latex, lycra, felt as well as recycled waste materials. Attention to detail is the cherry on top of the cake.
“I love creating Sculptural Costumes that are dynamic and imaginative that entails a form of movement or restriction, expression and/or character.”
Costume Performance for ellebannA is where the costume and the performer become one, they convey a type of relationship with each other, a type of story or message. She believes if a performance is able to move someone emotionally as well as visually, then you have achieved a deeper connection with that individual.“You have shared a story subconsciously, almost as if you have met before.”
To transport the audience into another dimension visually, as well as psychologically, ellebannA aims to stimulate all the senses of the viewer by means of sounds, smells, touch, and visually through colour, lighting, and ultimately the Costume Performance. “To study the human senses could help to learn how colour and smell evokes a memory, a feeling within.”
For ellebannA working on shows and the idea of Costume Performance is like putting together a puzzle, “you have to find the right piece before you can put it all together and get it right.” trying new ideas that might never work excites her.
“ I love the thrill of challenging myself and others to generate a show. By working together with other artists and performers sharing and generating ideas together through interactive communication.”
Annabelle values working together with a team of skill varied people. She believes this stimulates solid ideas and builds a strong body of work reinforcing the characteristics of the Costume Performance.
“The ability of taking waste out of its normal context and transforming it into something beautiful and useful, as a way of raising awareness for the environment is truly admirable.”
ellebannA regards this transfiguration as being much more skilful and imaginative than using raw materials. It stretches your mind, often landing on innovative inventions. It is astonishing to discover the potential of waste materials by exploring their qualities and capabilities. ellebannA has created several costumes using waste materials such as crisp packets, train tickets, flyers as well as utilising ring pulls and organic resources.
The RecycleArt project is a show that emerges out of a week’s imaginative collaboration, where people come together to transform waste material into beautiful Recycled Costumes, as well as explore and understand the purity of Sensorial Performance. This concept has developed by two young friends that share a passion for creativity and have the drive to explore their unexplored.
It is a course that takes a chance to open peoples eyes to the simple beauty of Trash and Silence. It is the place where, through performance, we share our knowledge of innovative ideas to engage others into the joys of recycling our world.
“Expecting the unexpected and strive towards believing in the unknown, attempting to achieve the possible impossible.”