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 virtually escape to The Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Each day, seated at my kitchen table, I have visited their online collection and allowed it to influence my work.
I began to wonder what the 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. I have designed a collection of objects that are related to the museum collection and would be for sale in my make-believe museum shop.
I am keen for my collection to enable others to share my love of folk art. I am always clear about where my inspiration has come from so that others can discover the source for themselves. I enjoy learning the various craft techniques that the folk artists have used and my range includes kits and instruction booklets that enable customers to have a go for themselves.
I have been careful not to merely replicate what I have seen in the museum collection, but to interpret my research into fresh, modern products that relate to the museum collection, enhance the visitor’s experience and hopefully encourage them to engage in some of the arts and crafts represented in the museum. My products are eco friendly, you will not find any plastic fridge magnets.