Life in the collective and workshops
The collective means a lot to Emma, and she is very happy that there is a place for people to gather and share the same, passionate interest for paper. To network, bounce around ideas, discuss different topics and arrange joint exhibitions are key to spread the art forward. And besides arranging exhibitions and spend hours and hours in front of her sketches, Emma started teaching paper-cutting workshops two years ago.
– I met this lady who had seen my creations, and she owned a little studio. She had talked to a lots of people who was longing to take lessons in paper cutting. So I just started and now I have had around eight workshops, with eight to fifteen people each session. It’s so much fun and challenging. Even though their heads, shoulders and hands are aching in the end of the day, most of them love it, says Emma.
Attention for her paper art
Spring of 2016 has been very hectic for Emma, and she is starting to get noticed for her work with a string of commercial commissions now under her belt. For example, the world famous Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, the place where Rob Ryan held his pop up store in 2015, commissioned Emma to create a large papercut window display. The window display was at the entrance to the Gallery, so that visitors could see it when they walked in. More recently, she had a commission together with two other paper artists from the Paper Artist Collective where they did a large commercial paper design for watch companies Fossil and Watch Station International.
– We created 3D and 2D paper designs for Fossil and other famous watch brands, including DKNY, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Karl Lagerfeld, Skagen, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Misfit and Armani, for their Autumn Winter watch collection press day. Now, I am reloading for my second exhibition of the year, this time in Helmsley North Yorkshire, says Emma.
The happiness Emma gets from working with her passion really shines through, but she is mostly joyful for the fact that her daughter has inherited her passion as well.
– She sits in front of me when I’m working, with her little scissors and her coloring pens. She draws pictures and figures that she cuts out. It’s amazing to watch and I’m so extremely happy and proud that she also has a creative soul, says Emma.