Emma is a studioholder at the Spinning Mill Studios, part of the historic Sunnybank Mills, a creative business complex n the village of Farsley, Yorkshire. In her studio space, Emma is surrounded by mid 20thC domestic paraphernalia and imagery, reflecting her love of the treasured and the discarded items of design history. Old Vogue knitting patterns and Ladybird books fill the shelves alongside Hornsea jugs and Fisher Price telephones.
Originally trained as a textile designer, Emma has combined her interests in surface pattern and 20thC collectables to make pieces which encapsulate the aesthetics of the chosen design and the emotional responses attached to it. For example, the comforting familiarity and chunkiness of a well used Cornish Ware mug or the elegant art deco ‘save for best’ Shelley China kept in a glass cabinet in the parlor.
The teacups address the notion of everyday objects being elevated to precious collectables. For example the Homemaker range designed and sold en masse in Woolworths is now as functionless as these fabric teacups if it is kept safely on display and never used.
Emma has a first class honours degree in textile design and a post graduate diploma in textile technology. She is married with two gorgeous children and a very fluffy, stupid cat.