original wildlife and portrait thread painting artworks
Original wildlife and portrait thread painting artworks.
Emily has exhibited internationally, regularly in London, and across Kent in group and solo shows. Recently winning a Kent Creative Award for Visual Art (2017) she has also been a finalist in the Winter Pride Art Awards (2015), and selected for the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition, Mall Galleries, Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize and been a contestant in Sky Art's Portrait Artist of the Year in 2014.
Inspiration comes from many sources including Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon, Curiosity Cabinets, ripped wallpaper, Egyptian tomb paintings and the Pre-Raphaelites. The work covers a range of subjects based upon everyday life and literature. Since 2011 I have used wildlife imagery to experiment with fabrics, predominately British species but I am also inspired by curiosity cabinet displays and my mother's bee collection. The actual sewing is quite a random act unless it is a face, where I start with the eye and work out from there. I will flit from colour to colour thread cross hatching, weaving the thread over and under until I am happy with the overall effect, I compare it to using colouring pencils. I am striving to close the gap to what is deemed 'craft' and what is art.
All artworks are hand stitched into a variety of different materials - fabrics, wallpaper, handmade paper and plastics. The majority of the wildlife artworks are British based but other species are not out excluded. Commissions are welcome - please get in contact for a conversation about your requirements.