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The Story behind Elestration®
Croseo! Welcome! I am currently working from my little studio at home in Barry, Wales, painting my blue elephants. With the help of Business Wales and Start Up Loans UK I was able to create, build and re-brand into Elestration® in 2020 which I am very grateful for.
I started this journey in 2011 whilst studying Ceramics at University, I have a long held interest in the depiction of animals in art: particularly the elephant. This has led me to an awareness of their endangerment. In my work I aim to convey the role and nature of elephant's lives through the ages with their magnificent forms, using an illustrative method of blue and white painting. Whilst studying in university, I used porcelain for its precious, reflective and symbolic qualities to raise awareness of their vulnerability, and juxtaposing historical and contemporary in order to give the viewer an insight into this very special and endangered relationship with elephants through museology, which you can find on the images above from my past projects and see the development into Elestration.
Studying and combining ceramics and illustration has influenced my current art practice and brand. I developed a unique way of using illustration to bring these current concerns forward and to urge the public to look at the issues facing their extinction, and reveal truths that are crucial to the way in which we see the future of elephants and conservation. I realised my love for elephants and illustration through many years of study and research which is why I continue to illustrate elephants today.
My long term goal is to make a significant contribution to vulnerable Elephants through illustration. I want my work to raise awareness, and to achieve this I want to share my vision and imagination with the world.
Hayley C Kamans
Owner, Artist And Founder
Welsh artist, Hayley C Kamans aims to raise awareness for the future of elephants through her unique Elestration® in her campaign to prevent the plight of their endangerment.
Your Giclée print is sent in a biodegradable bag - biofilm (and cellophane) bags are fully biodegradable and compostable which means that they break down to CO2 and water which can then be reused in the eco system to make new plants.
Giclée Printing Company
All Giclée prints are printed locally in Wales.
Gold Leaf Supplier
Providing high quality gold leaf supplies for artwork.
inkREADible Labels Limited
All Giclée prints have a biodegradable label on the front which are produced using matt white uncoated, woodfree printing paper composed of 95% sugar cane fibre and 5% hemp and linen.
No Issue Limited
Auckland, New Zealand
All items are wrapped in illustrated tissue paper - "All noissue paper products are FSC-certified - this guarantees that our paper has been sourced in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible manner. noissue tissue paper is made from 30% recycled materials"
We use Stampit for the Eco friendly sticker that you can find that seals your tissue paper safely. Embossers and stamps are also produced within this UK based company.
Professional Printing Company
Certificates of authenticity printed locally in UK on 300gsm Tintoretto by Fedrigoni paper
Customs and import taxes
Returns & exchanges
Frequently asked questions
What's so special about a Giclée print and the paper you use?
Archival Prints / Giclée Prints are museum-quality fine-art prints. A fine-art Giclée is the closest you can get to an original. This is printed with Epson Ultrachrome HDX on Fabriano Artistico Rough Watercolour 100% cotton rag archival 310gsm paper. These prints are made with an ultra-high-resolution fine-art printer, using very high quality archival inks and papers. Your artwork purchase is an investment, as such we want you to enjoy this for generations.
How do you sign and authorise your prints?
Each print is hand embossed and hand signed with the Elestration® embossment, validating it as an authorised Giclée print that conforms to archival standards. All copyrights and reproduction rights are retained by the artist upon sale of artwork.
What will I receive with my Giclée print and how do I care for my Giclée print?
You will receive your artwork carefully wrapped with specially designed eco friendly Elestration tissue paper which is handy if you ever need it as a gift! Inside you will find your elephant carefully tucked away inside an eco friendly cellophane bag and backing board, behind your board you will find your artwork certificate of authenticity which is hand embossed and hand signed for authorisation, on the back of this you will find your elephant artwork care instructions, you can be assured that I have carefully inspected your elephant before dispatch with his/her belongings.
When taking care of Giclée prints I include a care guide with your artwork specifically for preserving your artwork. Handle your prints with extreme care.
How do I display my prints? and where can I find a frame?
Visit your local framer they will have so many options to choose from to suit your requirements! Getting your artwork investment framed professionally will ensure that your print lasts a lifetime. Keep your artwork out of direct sunlight and protected from moisture, if exposed to extreme heat or sunlight over long periods of time, print colours can become discoloured or faded.
Are you doing commissions at the moment?
I am currently not taking any commissions for original artwork at this present time because I am working hard on designing a shop so that everyone can access Elestration® but I will be looking at doing this again in the future, if you want to see previous commissions please click here to see my Elephology Archive on www.elestration.com where you will find images of previous sold Elestration artwork.
Please contact me if you wish to discuss any ideas or future commissions.
Do you sell to shops and other traders?
Please visit the wholesale page on my website for more information or contact me.
Do you use eco friendly products?
Yes we do! All products and packaging are produced within the UK using locally sourced businesses and FSC® certified stock wherever possible (this guarantees that a product has been sourced in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible manner). The Giclée Prints are produced and printed locally in Wales where I am based. The illustrated tissue paper is produced by an Eco-Packaging Alliance company that plants a tree in an area that needs reforestation for each order. Being environmentally friendly is a really important value of Elestration as such I have selected products with care for the environment in mind. Please see more information on my website www.elestration.com
Can you tell me more about the organisations you support?
We are a proud supporting partner of HERD (Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development) – South Africa’s first elephant orphanage. We donate a 10% share of Elestration® profits from our African Ele work to their incredible mission which is to care for and rehabilitate orphaned elephants, to give them a new family, and a second chance of life with another herd.
We also support Trunks & Leaves and donate a 10% share of Elestration® profits from our Asian Ele work to their incredible mission which is to raise awareness for Asian elephants and their habitats, locally and globally, compiling resources and tools for education, research and conservation. They are dedicated to evidence-based, compassionate conservation.