Emily has a BA in Illustration from the London College of Communication.
Drawing straight onto vintage paper can be tricky – it’s so soft it often clogs up pen nibs. So today Emily uses coloured papers. She works with ink, watercolour, acrylics and gouache and doesn’t like to stick to any one media. She’ll often use a bit of gold or silver leaf to add a bit of depth to a composition.
Her style harks back to Victorian and Edwardian illustration, with anthropomorphic scenes in which richly detailed animal characters take on human roles. Sometimes these creatures have a fantasy or fairytale element to them.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Emily: I've always designed material from as long as I can remember. My mother had a studio and I remember as a child using all her expensive paints and pens to create odd pictures. But it wasn't until I was 19 years old, sitting on a beach in Fiji that it suddenly came to me that illustration and design was what I wanted to do as a career. It snowballed from there. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Emily: Yes, I've got a degree in Graphic and Media Design that I acquired from London College of Communication. Question: Where are you originally from? Emily: Originally, I'm from the South coast of Cornwall, a small, picturesque boating town called Fowey. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Emily: I now live in London. Everything drew me here, my University, the galleries, the museums, the eerie Victorian streets, the history, the ghosts, the parks and the support and encouragement from all my new found friends. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Emily: My Studio is opposite London Fields, Hackney. The owner of The Last Tuesday's Society, Mr Viktor Wynd, has kindly loaned it to me. It's a small room in a turn of the century redbrick building. It's ideal! Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Emily: Walter Potters collection of curiosities was my biggest inspiration along with Arthur Rackham, Edward Gorey and the more recent Mark Rydon and James Jean, I love their work. Question: How do you get your ideas? Emily: My ideas come from stories told to me when I was a child, fables, excerpts from newspapers, and my own emotional experiences as an adult. Question: Do you collect anything? Emily: Yes, I collect the old Punch annuals and feathers.
Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Emily: I don't have a physical scrapbook as such, just a digital folder on my computer with every image, photograph and writing excerpt that I find interesting and inspiring. That folder is entitled 'Pug'. Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Emily: I worked on a piece for the fashion design company Alexander McQueen. I was asked to produce an ethereal design containing lots of McQueen iconography for a new silk collection. The deadlines were very tight. I did it, sometimes sacrificing a nights sleep is obligatory to a job that you love doing. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Emily: I would be ecstatic if I got a call from Neil Gaiman with his latest, dark novel and demanded that I illustrated it for him. Question: Have you any hidden talents? Emily: Yes, I can ride horses very well; I used to break them in as a young girl and represented my county two years in a row in show jumping and dressage. Question: If you could travel back in time which period would you visit & why? Emily: I'd travel back to London 1888, the late Victorian Period. It seems like quite a romantic and frightening time in history and I'd like to know what really happened in Ripper land. I'd become a detective and use technology from today to get to the bottom of the riddle. Question: What's your favourite quote from a song or book or someone? Emily: "I can't explain myself, I'm afraid, Sir, because I'm not myself you see." Alice In Wonderland.
James Hepworth Fine Art, McGraw Hill Publishers, Alexander McQueen, Lily Fraser Music, The Last Tuesday Society, The House Of Fairy Tales, Mimesis Art, BarworksFavourites
: 'La Bouche'
on Broadway market, in my opinion they do the best tasting coffees in London
: Sir John Soane's House
. The collection of William Hogarth's oils are just breathtaking and the house is a museum in it's own right
: TGI.S Faber-Castell ink pen. Nib 0.12
: The Seven Stars
, on Chancery Lane. They have a cat in house called Tom who wears a ruff collar around his neck
: The Last Tuesday Society
Viktor Wynd's curiosity shop never fails to amuse me, although it's not for the feint hearted
: Jim Carrey
. This website is genius. You MUST have a look. I hope I could have a website like this for my work one day