Weaving has been a part of Emma's background in varied ways. Her ancestors originated in Britain, and were involved in the textile trade there. One distant relative owned a drapery shop and another worked in a mill, whether this was weaving or spinning, we don't know. Emma's great aunt started the Australian Tapestry Workshop located in Victoria. Emma sources old textile books, often authored and passed down to her through women, which is a connection she values strongly. Emma works in a studio in the bush and has a deep respect and love for the land she works on, for the materials and inspiration it lends, and for the solitude and calmness it shares with her.
Emma weaves pieces on her 8 shaft Jack loom, ranging from functional to more art focused work. She also works on a 4 shaft table loom and rigid heddle loom that were both gifted to her. Each piece is unique. Emma explores tactile experiences in her work, from textural pieces, to densely woven linen, to silk woven with leno techniques. I draw from nature, using found materials like horsehair and sheep wool collected from the neighbouring farm. I have a strong focus on material, and really elevating natural fibres. Emma's design focus is in colour, pattern, and in drawing from old draft books that have been passed down through the women before her.
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