Emily shows us her faux fur animal hides – a great alternative to the real thing! These look so fuzzy and warm, great to curl up in on a cool night. Emily’s art on her etsy page is also gorgeous, as well as her really cute doggie cuddling with one of the animal hides!
I grew up in the Boston area and just moved to Philadelphia almost one year ago.
I got my BFA at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. I originally majored in Illustration but then switched to Sculpture - a great move on my part. I was known at the college for making a couple life-sized animal sculptures (a camel and a bison).
I just got my first dog! I've wanted one for my entire life but never had time for one (I grew up with a working single mom in a condo and then spent 5 years in college). His name is Mason and he's a Schnauzer mix/wire-haired mutt with a killer natural mustache and mane. He's a rescue from Taiwan!
I worked on replicating a 17th century wooden synagogue in Poland for the past two summers (a grand total of six months). I was in charge of teaching groups of international students how to help paint the wooden boards using rabbit skin glue and pigment. the roof structure was actually just installed in Warsaw, as the core exhibition in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. More info: http://www.handshousestudio.org
What got you started crafting?
My mom doing needle point when I was little was a big influence. I still remember her being totally amazed when I made up my own pattern of a tree frog (it was seriously only like 16 stitches) when I was probably 10 years old. She also used to always tell me to "entertain myself" when I would complain "I'm borrrred!" as a kid (I was an only child), and being an animal crazed kid (and adult) of course I would make animals out of whatever was lying around.
What is your source of inspiration?
Animals! Wild life, nature.
What have you made recently?
I've been really into cow hides lately, and have done some drawings of them. My interest in hides sort of naturally turned into an interest in taxidermy rugs. So I bought a couple of foam taxidermy head rugshells and made patterns off of those and started to create my own faux fur rugs.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I recently started selling my crafts on etsy, and before that I wasn't doing much selling!
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Because a person actually made it! There's a whole lot of character in everything handmade and I love supporting people who make things by hand. I also really love making handmade things - it's great knowing that something wouldn't have existed if it wasn't for those hands of mine!