The Value of Making
Emily Jo Gibbs investigates how by taking the time to slowly describe someone in stitch you convey your admiration. Celebrating people who make things by the investment of time in making their portraits, a quiet, thoughtful act of care and value.
Emily Jo Gibbs is a British artist who has established an international reputation for her delicate textiles. Between 1993 and 2006 Gibbs was the Creative Director of her own luxury handbag company. Her work changed direction in 2005 when she won an award from Craft Central to create a new body of work. The award enabled her to explore new techniques alongside many of the skills she’d honed making handbags. Determined to make work that was personally and creatively rewarding she began a series of embroidered portraits of her family. Emily’s latest body of work The Value of Making, depicts makers through their tools in hand-stitched still life portraits. Gibbs says "The work celebrates the skill, dexterity and the creative problem solving of people who make things, recognising the value of clever hands in an increasingly digital and cerebral age". She made this series of portraits of contemporary makers to reflect how proud she is to be a member of this creative community.
Emily is a member of Contemporary Applied Arts, The 62 Group of Textile Artists, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She exhibits regularly in the UK .