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EMILY PORTER

Mixed Media Textile Artist

Emily creates bold textile art for bold people.  She explores themes of interconnection and power.  She hopes her work will serve as a daily visual reminder of your own divine, feminine power.  Her unique mix of freehand machine embroidery and alcohol ink is the perfect fit for those with non-traditional style.  Because frankly, your house should be as badass as you know you are. 
Emily lives and works in Easthampton, MA across from a beautiful cemetery.  She is inspired by tattoo art, animals, tarot and the otherworldly, and any and all kinds of fiber.  When she’s not working she’s busy finding joy in being a dog mom and aunt four times over, spending time with her amazing group of creative friends and living in her imagination.  She graduated with a BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Washington University in St. Louis.  She is a member of the Society for Embroidered Work and her art can be found in personal collections across the world.

 

THE PROCESS

Each piece is created using a technique called freemotion machine embroidery. This is basically like drawing with a needle.  Making a few simple tweaks to a regular sewing machine allows you to sew in any direction. It is not unlike tattooing on canvas.  Each piece has a mixture of black and colored sewn thread as well as alcohol ink for baseline shading and color.