“2018 marks the 10th anniversary of Emily picking up a needle and thread and starting to hand stitch thread paintings. Her exhibition is a retrospective journey through the last decade. From the early years inspired by Egyptian tomb paintings, through the progression to Emily’s obsession with ripped wallpaper and peeling paint to the current pre-occupation of stitching into recycled materials including wallpaper and plastics. The artworks on display are a mixture of portraiture and wildlife pieces which cover a range of subjects including curiosity cabinet displays, folklore and her mother’s bee collection. Previous to stitching she was a portrait painter, which still underpins her artistic influences and nowadays Emily’s main aim is to close the gap to what is deemed ‘craft’ and what is art.
Emily has exhibited internationally, regularly in London, and across Kent in group and solo shows. Recently (in 2017) winning a Kent Creative Award for Visual Art 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 have been a contestant in Sky Art’s Portrait Artist of the Year 2014.”