I was born and raised in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, UK where I went to school. Throughout my education I always excelled in the artistic topics, from making Christmas decorations out of egg boxes and foil to having my polystyrene framed painting of a giant displayed in the local library. This led to me heading down the creative route in school and college, choosing subjects such as Art & Design as my main focus.
After contemplating a career in the Police Force, it was by chance that I became a Graphic Designer after my uncle invited me to work for him as an Apple Mac Operator where I was taught the fundamental Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop basics. From then on I was hooked, I thrived on the daily challenges that teaching myself brought (and I still do!!) however frustrating it can get it still gives me a great sense of achievement. I went on to land my desired job in Liverpool and thus began a varied and interesting career spanning 16 years in the field.
So to sum it all up, I have been a graphic designer for print and web since 1996 working for the NHS, International Pharmaceutical Companies, Printers and a Design Studio in a small family run business. However in 2008 after being made redundant for the 4th time, I decided that now was the time to start my own company, the imaginatively titled Jelli's Design (get the play on my name? - Jennifer Ellis), to provide the best possible design and marketing services whilst also having the flexibility to juggle work with being a mum to my 4 year old and 6 month old daughters. I love the fact that I can take them to the park on a sunny afternoon or go to the gym first thing, so working the hours in the day that's not the conventional 9am-5pm suits me just fine!!