Ellen Hanceri

Senior Lecturer in BA Surface Design Faculty of Design

London College of Communication


Ellen Hanceri is a printmaker and surface designer. She studied at Camberwell School of Art and The City and Guilds of London Art School, and has sought to combine traditional printmaking processes. These processes include blockprinting and intaglio, flowing patterns, and explore and develop different qualities of surface, for example tessellating ceramic tiles and embossing leather wallcoverings. Work is produced at her studio in London, and clients include Liberty Furnishing and Fashion prints, Osborne and Little, and Zoffany. She combines her commercial work with her teaching to open up opportunities for students to collaborate with industry.

Research interests

Printmaker, surface design, wallpaper, blockprinted, intaglio, tiles and tessellations.

Research statement

A funding application is presently underway for the following research project: Can the use of digitally processed intaglio images (photoetching) enhance the qualities of a traditionally manufactured wallpaper design?

The recent resurgence of wallpapers in the world of contemporary interior design has resulted in a move towards the reprinting of both vintage and archival collections from leading home furnishing companies such as Cole and Sons and Liberty, but also has encouraged the re-evaluation of how wallpapers can work in the environments in which we live and work today.

There are wallpapers still produced today by traditional hand screen printing or roller printing, but the economical advantages and conceptual innovation of digitally manufactured products, appeal to surface design companies, but can be at the expense of the print quality of the finished product, resulting in overly pixelated, flat imagery.

This practice-based project deals with the synthesis of photoetching with screenprinting to produce handprinted wallpapers. This project would aim to combine the qualities of screen printed pattern, with those of a traditionally embossed wallpaper. There would be an opportunity for the content of the designs to be derived from photographs of personal possessions such as jewellery or keepsakes, or family portraits, thereby extending the diversity and uniqueness of the product.

Selected research outputs