HELLO. I'm Emma
and I'm a designer and maker based in Lewes, East Sussex. I have a background in children's products, designing for many of the UK's high street stores.
The rest of the time I make things. I will have a go at anything; sewing, knitting, origami and more recently pottery. I'm not an expert at any of them but they all allow me to express myself.
I am inspired by folk art from around the world and the incredible craftsmanship displayed in objects that people used daily. Toys are my other passion. From dolls and animals of ancient Greece and Rome to the Galt toys from my childhood.
Many of my heroes were also influenced by folk art, and toys too. Charles and Ray Eames, Picasso and Alexander Girard all had collections of their own. Girard's is now part of the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. I dream of visiting it one day...
During lockdown, I decided to indulge myself and spend my time researching folk art, hoping to find fresh inspiration for my work and gain a greater understanding of other cultures. In uncertain times, I found the world of folk art was a very grounded place to be.
During my research I began to wonder what a folk museum shop would be like. What would I like to buy there? This became the theme for an exhibition that I had in September 2020 at the Meiklejohn Gallery in Lewes. My Make Believe Museum Shop. I designed a collection of objects that were related to the research I had done and would be for sale in my fantasy museum shop.
I was careful not to merely replicate the folk art I had seen, but to interpret my research into fresh, modern products that would hopefully encourage others to engage in some of the arts and crafts used by folk artists around the world.