Carey Armstrong-Ellis

  • Carey Armstrong-Ellis
  • Carey Armstrong-Ellis
  • Carey Armstrong-Ellis

Carey Armstrong-Ellis  has had a long, albeit unusual, career in art. She studied biology in college and zoology in graduate school. After burning out, she moved and fell in with the artsy crowd, where thoughts of lobster farming were thrown to the wind. She bought a $25 used sewing machine and started creating fiber art. In 1979 she sold her first flying pig and the rest is history. Today her fabric sculpture pieces, which are usually animal, vegetable, or even human (sort of), have become much more complex than plain white flying pigs and have been sold in galleries from Maine to Texas.

A few years ago she decided to try something different – children’s book illustration. She had written a story about her daughter, who was an avid collector of just about anything, so she put together a book dummy and started sending it out to publishers. It was eventually picked up by Abrams, and her career headed in another direction. She now has seven books published.

Book reviews of “Ten Creepy Monsters”:

“Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis… really outdid herself with this one. Ten Creepy Monsters is the kind of book that’s destined to be a Halloween classic, but it’s so clever and fun kids will want to read it all year round.” - Children’s Book-of-the-Month 

“Generously detailed acrylics provide a touch of nefarious charm, while a tender surprise ending should gratify trick-or-treaters.”—Publishers Weekly

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Carey’s studio is #219 in the upper mill and she is always open during public events at the mills.

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