She is Killen it… that is the first thing that popped into my head after I saw Eleanor’s webpage. Eleanor’s name is really Eleanor Louise Killen hence, ELK. She has a fresh take on the Ningaloo Reef region and wildlife that deserves notice.
Murray and I have always been huge fans of vintage architectural maps, charts, drawings of wildlife and when I saw her handiwork I knew then I would get a custom piece made for Murray’s Christmas box – our challenge each year is to gift something unexpected. A Striped Marlin is both Murray’s favourite fish in the ocean and what he says I would be if I were a fish because, ‘They are beautiful, fierce, and particular.’
Coming from an environmental management and science background, ELK draws upon that knowledge throughout her design process.
“If I’m drawing a Marlin, I want to learn about it: it’s life cycle, growth rates, where it lives, what it feeds on, how fishing impacts it, how it behaves after being caught and released etc. I then try to draw all animal species as anatomically correct as possible so that people may learn something about the species when looking at the animal or spur them to research or ask questions about the species.”
One of ELK passions is conservation. She wants to inspire people through her work to ‘…learn about a place, environmental issue or creature…[to] look a bit deeper…’ She achieves this by pairing her work with some information or facts about the subject with the intention that the viewer can learn something while viewing it.
She has recently taken the courage leap and decided to pursue her craft full time. You can find her collection on her website, in Exmouth WA and in a variety of art fairs. She currently is doing commissions, too. We can’t wait to see the new work she’s coming up with in 2017, we hear she’s coming out with a hat and t-shirt range. Ekkkkkk! So excited!
The Reveal: Check out The Adventures tab on our website. If you book a tour in the month of May 2017, you’ll receive an ELK bundle as a thank you from both ELK and Live Ningaloo. Just mention this blog and you’re all set.
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ELK Favourite Spot in Exmouth – Dunes. She loves to surf and paddle out to the moorings near by. The water is about 10 – 12 metres deep and it’s a killer snorkel spot for inspiration and feeding her soul.
ELK’s Goal Card
1. Leaving an impact by incorporating environmental science/issues into her work
2. East Cost Australian Exhibition
3. International Exhibition