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Designer Ellis Cameron is the jewel in Craft Scotland’s crown.
The 27-year-old from Benderloch was chosen out of hundreds of hopefuls to be part of a best of Scotland craft showcase in New York.
Ellis, who runs her fine jewellery business from a studio at London’s Goldsmith Centre, gets inspiration for her work – which sells for thousands of pounds – from the land and seascapes back home as well as treasure hoards uncovered from Scotland’s past.
Last week the former Oban High School pupil, who was shortlisted for the 2019 UK’s young jewellery designer of the year and has worked on projects with Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey (LVMH) and high-end French jewellery design studio Chaumet, was one of five Scottish craftspeople exhibiting their work at the four-day, high-profile trade show called NY NOW- set out over three-storeys and attracting more than 200,000 visitors.
Ellis has been working long days at the show but hoped to take in some of the big sights while staying just a 20-minute walk away from the show venue in the city’s fabric district on 38th Street.
Joining Ellis, who graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a distinction and then completed a Masters in Jewellery Design in London, are textile designer Beatrice Larkin, furniture maker Hame, mixed media jeweller Roslyn Leitch and a wall artist Eve Campbell.
‘It’s a really amazing curation of work,’ said Ellis, who hoped to add new Stateside clients from her ‘work-cation’ in the Big Apple.
Exposing her brand and testing out the US market were also high on her ticklist, while exhibiting mostly her one of a kind alternative pieces for brides.
In 2017, Ellis, whose work has graced the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, was accepted onto a Setting Out scheme run by training charity The Goldsmith Centre which gives start-up help to just a handful of goldsmiths and creative businesses each year.
Keeping Ellis company in New York this week has been her proud mum Joy Cameron, co-founder of Benderloch’s Bookends festival and pop-ups.
Back at home, Ellis’s dad, and Oban FM presenter, Campbell Cameron, said: ‘Ellis has worked so hard and with a passion for her jewellery. It’s lovely to see her getting the success and recognition she deserves. It’s also wonderful that Joy and Ellis are getting to spend time together in the Big Apple.’