Artists who Inspire - Ellie Kammer and Crowdfunding

One of our very talented artists at Karma and Crow Studio Collective, painter, Ellie Kammer, has recently launched a Crowdfunding Campaign to explore new work and build on her portfolio to present to galleries for representation.

During my time at Karma and Crow studio collective, I have watched Ellie work incredibly hard to establish herself as a contemporary artist and advocate for women with endometriosis: a debilitating disease which she and 176 million other women (1) suffer from. She has had many successes along the way, but in a chronically underfunded field, also needs a leg up to help her pave the way to a sustainable career which is both meaningful, cathartic and thought provoking.

Endometriosis (Coagulate), by Ellie Kammer, 2016. Oil on Linen. 200cm x 150cm.

Endometriosis (Coagulate), by Ellie Kammer, 2016. Oil on Linen. 200cm x 150cm.

Endometriosis (Volatility), by Ellie Kammer, 2017. Oil on Linen, 121cm x 101cm.

Endometriosis (Volatility), by Ellie Kammer, 2017. Oil on Linen, 121cm x 101cm.

Endometriosis (Quiscence), by Ellie Kammer, 2017. Oil on Belgian Linen, 198cm x 137cm.

Endometriosis (Quiscence), by Ellie Kammer, 2017. Oil on Belgian Linen, 198cm x 137cm.

The wonderful thing about supporting Ellie’s crowd funding campaign is that you are not only helping an extremely talented young artist to reach her true potential (a reward in itself) but you will also be rewarded with beautiful paintings, prints and other exciting goodies. It’s a win-win situation.

Watching Ellie put her reputation on the line with unflinching courage and determination is incredibly inspiring. With the funds from this campaign, she can continue to develop and perfect her fantastic artworks whilst raising awareness about this terrible disease.

Head on over to Ellie’s Crowd funding campaign to read all about why she does what she does and you too can make a contribution to help this talented lady inspire more people with her work.

 

(1) https://www.endofound.org/endometriosis (accessed 02/10/17)

Don't Miss Ellie Kammer's Show

If you are near Adelaide over the next few days, make sure you head over to Light Square Gallery for your last chance to see Nescience, a fantastic show by my fellow Karma and Crow Studio Collective tenant, Ellie Kammer.

Ellie's Invitation (please ignore the closing date as it will be up until the 27th)

Ellie's Invitation (please ignore the closing date as it will be up until the 27th)

Ellie's work is based on her physical and emotional struggle with endometriosis: an under-funded , under-research chronic disease which affects an alarming number of women. Every day, Ellie deals with debilitating pain and has used her amazing paintings as an outlet to express her experience of uncertainty and frustration surrounding the condition.

Endometriosis (Imponderable), 2016, oil on canvas, 76cm x 61cm. Ellie graphically depicts pain she is experiencing.

Endometriosis (Imponderable), 2016, oil on canvas, 76cm x 61cm. Ellie graphically depicts pain she is experiencing.

Sharing a studio with Ellie, I have seen her working incredibly hard to bring together an amazing group of pieces. Every day, she added more and more to her collection and by the time it came to exhibit, I felt as though her paintings had become part of our scenery at Karma and Crow. After seeing them in the dim light of our workshop for so long, it was wonderful to see the paintings within a gallery setting. The large space and specialty lighting revealed Ellie's amazing use of tone, depth and shadow. Each brushstroke and strategically positioned flash of colour beautifully depicted raw, emotional and uninhibited expression of her pain and suffering.

Endometriosis (Reclamation), 2017, oil on canvas, 153cm x 122cm. My absolute favourite piece from the exhibition. This one must be seen in the flesh to fully experience the stunningly tactile qualities of the textile and fragility of the figure.

Endometriosis (Reclamation), 2017, oil on canvas, 153cm x 122cm. My absolute favourite piece from the exhibition. This one must be seen in the flesh to fully experience the stunningly tactile qualities of the textile and fragility of the figure.

Ellie keeps her fans regularly updated on her website and Instagram feed and has made all of her exquisite paintings available for sale. She is definitely one to keep and eye on.

A Bespoke Ring for an Artist - Ellie Kammer

One of the things I love most about working in a studio collective is meeting like-minded creatives who appreciate the handmade just as much as I do. I am really lucky to spend my days with such a talented group of artists and am so grateful to be able to exchange experiences, skills and advice with them.

One of those artists is painter, Ellie Kammer. As I have mentioned in previous posts, Ellie uses her experience of having endometriosis to inspire her paintings and uses them to raise awareness of this painful medical issue faced by many women. I have been a fan of Ellie and her beautiful work ever since meeting her, so when she had a challenge for me, to help her design and make a custom piece of jewellery, I happily accepted.

One of Ellie's amazing paintings, 'Endometriosis (Imponderable),' Oil on Canvas, 76cm x 61cm

One of Ellie's amazing paintings, 'Endometriosis (Imponderable),' Oil on Canvas, 76cm x 61cm

Ellie was looking for a contemporary variation of a traditional men’s silver cygnet ring in a geometric style for her partner’s Birthday and was keen to help make the piece. To add a personal touch to the gift, she wanted the ring face to feature three fine lines which would act as a subtle representation of their family: herself, her partner, and her stepson.

To leave a bit more room to experiment with the shape of the ring, I decided that we would work in wax and cast the piece. I first taught Ellie how to cut the wax blank which would form the initial shape for the ring. She then removed the excess wax from the centre of the blank, ensuring that it was the right size for her partner’s finger. It was Ellie’s first time making jewellery but she got the hang of it quickly.

Ellie testing her jewellery making skill on my unusually tidy workbench.

Ellie testing her jewellery making skill on my unusually tidy workbench.

From there I took over to work with the overall shape of the ring. I strategically removed wax from different areas to form an angular aesthetic. Once the carving was complete, I made the piece lovely and smooth, then sent it off for casting.

From a plain piece of wax to an almost finished wax ring.

From a plain piece of wax to an almost finished wax ring.

After the carved wax piece was cast in silver, I filed back a fine layer from the entire ring to remove any impurities and imperfections from the casting process. I then sanded the ring giving it an even finish.

Before and after casting.

Before and after casting.

Now it was time for the most important detail: the line work. I marked the three lines and sawed each one very carefully. When creating such a precise, geometric shape, any wrong move with the saw frame would almost certainly ruin the design, a fate which I wanted to avoid. Luckily, I managed to saw some good lines and moved onto the final clean-up and polish of the ring. To give the piece a more masculine and slightly grungy feel, I blackened the ring, then sanded it back leaving the patina in the relief areas only.

It was a delight to work with Ellie in creating this beautiful piece. We managed to make her deadline with time to spare and her partner was stoked to receive such a thoughtful gift. 

The final ring complete with crisp line-work all ready to be gifted. Photography courtesy of  Bianca Hoffrichter .

The final ring complete with crisp line-work all ready to be gifted. Photography courtesy of Bianca Hoffrichter.

Feeling inspired? To have your own custom piece of jewellery made, contact me to make an appointment.