Growing up in windswept Holderness, Emma was forever drawing the countryside around her and the birds and animals that lived in it. Today, her sculptures always start with a sketch, enabling her to define from the start the character of the animal or bird she’s portraying.
A welder’s mask may not be obvious attire for a sculptor, but it’s crucial for Emma. She starts her larger pieces by making a strong steel armature, or skeleton, to support the woven ‘skin’, which may be of willow, bronze or galvanised mild steel.
Emma uses only the most basic of tools when she reaches the weaving stage of a sculpture: for metal wires, an angle grinder to cut the lengths of wire to size, plus pliers and mallets for shaping; for willow, secateurs. Other than that, it’s all done with her bare hands…