Ellen Durkan

I am an artist blacksmith from Wilmington Delaware. I teach part time at a college and have my own business: Iron Maiden Forge. I create wearable “Forged Fashion” art that I present through a performance runway show in addition to my large scale drawings. I teach blacksmith classes during the summer at different craft centers and workshops as well as forging demonstrations for conferences and events. I received my graduate degree in Fine Arts. I found metal working intriguing while I was in college and my curiosity and determination has led me to my current body of work. I include different techniques such as chasing repousse or leather work to enhance my ideas as well as skills. My metal work started as forged stationary “metal dresses” in which I would place a figure. My current body of work is still inspired by the human body, it is created to be worn and it is inspired by the concepts of emotional vulnerability. I enjoy creating pieces to fit the complex forms of the figure and

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copper collar

Date of Creation: July 1, 2019

List of Materials: copper , leather

Dimensions: 18"x 20"x 15"

Photographer's Name: Joe Hoddinott

Model's Name: Jess

Other Contributors: Ellen Durkan: copper collar

Conceptual Statement: Ellen created this copper collar using different chasing repousse and copper forming techniques. She used leather on the back to mimic the curves in the copper. She designed the piece to be photographed underwater to push the boundaries of her and her work. Joe Hoddinott (photogropher) and Jess (model) frequently shoot underwater photography. The second image is of Ellen, the maker of the piece and Jess the model in the water. Ellen wanted to create a regal and power piece but also express human fragility. Photographing the piece the water creates a sense of peaceful urgency, knowing you cant stay underwater forever and at some point you need to break the surface.

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ellen underwater

Date of Creation: 01/07/2019

List of Materials: copper leather

Photographer's Name: Joe hoddinott

Model's Name: Ellen Durkan

Other Contributors: Ellen durkan : copper collar

Conceptual Statement: Ellen created this copper collar using different chasing repousse and copper forming techniques. She used leather on the back to mimic the curves in the copper. She designed the piece to be photographed underwater to push the boundaries of her and her work. Joe Hoddinott (photogropher) and Jess (model) frequently shoot underwater photography. Ellen wanted to create a regal and power piece but also express human fragility. Photographing the piece the water creates a sense of peaceful urgency, knowing you cant stay underwater forever. At some point you need to break the surface.

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pregant belly piece

Date of Creation: 02/09/2018

List of Materials: steel , leather

Dimensions: vary

Photographer's Name: Joe hoddinott

Model's Name: Becky

Other Contributors: forged pieces and MUA by Ellen Durkan

Conceptual Statement: Ellen created this pregnant belly piece inspired by one of her models . She did the belly cast at 5 months pregnant and then the photos were taken at 9 months pregnant. Ellens work celebrates the female form and she chose to use different styles of forges lilies on the to symbolize rebirth and change. The piece exposes the belly to be focal point as the lilies gently wrap around growing life.

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