Meet the Maker: Studio.ENH

Do you recognise this house? If you spend any time surfing interiors on Instagram the answer to that is most likely a resounding yes.

In the first of what I hope will become a series of interviews with small businesses in the Interiors world I put some questions to Ellie Nixon-Hill of Studio.ENH, a maker of beautifully intricate paper models of the places people call home.

What is your background and how did you get started with Studio.ENH?

For as long as I can remember, I have loved Arts and Crafts. I still remember the excitement of an afternoon with my junk box scissors and whatever else I could find to glue down! Over the years this has continued but has become more refined (I hope!) leading to me studying a degree in textile design where I focused on creating mixed media pieces for an interior setting. Following on from this I worked as a 3D designer for Hallmark creating everything from Crackers to Pop-up cards. Whilst there I was given the chance to work on a personal project and I chose to create my dream house in pop up form. This was the perfect way to combine my love of interior design with a love of 3D design pattern and colour. And so the idea for Studio.ENH was born.

Why did you choose to focus on building house models?

I am a great one for easily slipping into a daydream and some of the things I find fascinating are houses, doors and windows, not just because they look fantastic but because of the story behind them. Homes are such a special place, so much happens in your home and they hold wonderful memories. I want to create something that people can look at and think of those things, whether they still live there and need a reminder of how far they have come, what they are working for with a renovation, or to look back on when leaving a family home.

Not only do I create models of houses but I can also create flat collages, door portraits or even your living room – I am always open to new ideas and challenges.

What is your work process?

Everything starts with a picture; from there I use Illustrator to break down and plan the different layers and create a net. I then use this as a template to cut out and start collaging (I often deviate!) I then take it a section at a time and build up the layers until I am happy with the results.

What has been your favourite piece to make to date?

I have loved creating every single piece but would have to say my favourite is the piece I made for Chelsea @thehousethatblackbuilt. Her house has so many interesting and unique features, including the beautiful stained glass window.

How would you describe your own interior style?

I would say my own interior style is a bit eclectic – I have such a love of texture, pattern and colour (especially turquoise) and I love to fill my home with things that make me smile when I look at them such as my fabric elephant and a mountain of cushions. I also have a lovely collection of prints and postcards from galleries and friends.

What are the challenges and benefits of running your own creative business?

I’m very new to this game so I don’t think I quite know the full extent of it yet but one of the main benefits is that I absolutely love being creative and making other people happy so I feel like this is the ideal opportunity for me to do that. I think one of the biggest challenges I will find is knowing when to stop and let the piece go off to its rightful owner!

What advice would you give to others setting up their own creative business?

Go for it! Creativity brings so much happiness to your own life but also to those that buy your pieces. I feel so privileged and honored that people want something that I have made in their homes and I don’t think there is a feeling better than that.

What do you hope to achieve over the next 5 years?

Over the next 5 years I would love Studio.ENH to become my full time career. Branching out into other creative works and running workshops to help other people with their own creativity!

If you want your own model you can reach Ellie through her Instagram account @studio.enh or at her website www.studioenh.com