Observing the quiet beauty of things, a knobbly stick or the worn handle of a well-used tool, Emily creates hand-stitched textiles with a delicate graphic quality.
Whilst working on a collaborative project 'In Conversation' with fellow maker Bridget Bailey in 2016 Emily was again exploring the idea of portraits, looking at depicting the person through their workspace and tools. The pincushion is a vital tool if you are working in textiles, they are often beautifully made in tiny needle point. Emily is interested in representing stitch with stitch, but also how in doing so the already lovely object is imbued with greater reverence.
When you make a portrait and there is a recognisable likeness it is really exciting for the viewer who knows the person, when Bridget saw her pincushion portrait she had this same frisson of recognition. There is a very personal connection between a maker and their tools. Emily has spoken to many people who have their mothers or grandmothers pincushions and they hold cherished memories of making projects. Emily's pincushion portraits celebrate craft and people who make.
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