HELLO. I'm Emma
and I'm an artist, designer and maker based in Lewes, East Sussex. I have a background in children's products, textile design and millinery.
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.
I spend my time I making things. I'll have a go at anything; sewing, knitting, origami, pottery. I'm not an expert at any of them but they all allow me to express myself.
Many of my heroes were influenced by folk art, and toys too. Charles and Ray Eames, Picasso and Alexander Girard all had collections of their own.
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.
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 called 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.
This has lead me to work with local museums in East Sussex, including Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, the De La Warr Pavilion and Newhaven Museum. I am very excited to be creating Make Believe Museum Shops for Pollock's Toy Museum in London and for Newhaven Museum.
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