Ellen Durkan is an artist blacksmith and a part time professor at the Delaware College of Art and Design. Ellen is drawn to making “Forged Fashion” metal dresses that start as elaborate life size drawings. Her business called Iron Maiden Forge is in Delaware, she works with private commissions and sells directly from her website, www.ellendurkan.com.
Ellen Durkans Website
Ellen’s Iron Maiden Runway Show video
What we talked about:
Her Fashion Runway Show at the Delaware Art Museum that showcased 6 of her metal dresses, she is having two more runway shows that includes performances from other artists in Philly or Baltimore.
Iron Maiden Forge is her business and she talks about her goals for growing it
An Artist residency that went downhill in upstate NY that led to an online business carrying her jewelry
How she hears about exhibition and commission opportunities
How well her website shop is doing
Ellen told us about her TED talk in Baltimore 2013
What she thinks about Etsy
Her Paris Fashion Week corset commission
Tells us about her shop, what’s in it and her new tool that weighs 3000 lbs
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