A STUDENT from Tankersley has taken her Barnsley-inspired designs across Europe – and has proved to be a hit in Germany.

Ellie Fisher, from Silkstone Close, has found success overseas with her original designs inspired by her Barnsley roots that have been commissioned by a German design company.

The 21-year-old has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the response to her designs, that range from the classic Barnsley pork pie to Henderson’s Relish.

“I had my work sent off to Paris through my university course for a trade show, and I didn’t think anything of it as I’ve got nothing to lose,” she said.

“Amazingly it got scouted by a company in Germany who specialise in English countryside designs and aesthetics.

“They placed an order straight away and I was completely overwhelmed. It was absolutely incredible.”

Ellie wanted to showcase the rich heritage of South Yorkshire which she believes is lacking in the media.

“I think Barnsley and South Yorkshire are misrepresented in the media and are often patronised in art quite a bit.

“I’m influenced by Barnsley values, and the positives about our area that often go unheard.

“So for the designs to be appreciated in Germany is really incredible.”

Ellie now hopes to start her own textiles business and continue to establish her designs around the world.

“I’ve applied for teacher training to become an art teacher, but I still want to pursue textiles on the side.

“Ideally, I’d love to start my own business and establish my own brand with unique styles.”

To see more of Ellie’s designs, visit ellie_maedesigns on Instagram.