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inspirations of Emily Brown

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your business.

I live on the Monterey Peninsula with my husband and two daughters. I love riding my beautiful blue fixed gear bike, hiking, baking vegan treats and making just about anything. I cut paper and I sew many things. I started turning my papercuts into screenprints a year ago, and I print on organic t-shirts, my handmade bags, pillows, etc. In this way I have found I can combine my art with my crafting. I also started creating creatures as a way of using my stock of random fabrics (when everyone learned i took up sewing the donations started piling up) and so, 6 months ago menders and cubed animals were born.

How did you first get involved with crafting?

I loved to draw as a kid, which led to building things. Making something my mom was going to throw away or scrap wood from something my dad built into something beautiful. Then my mother and sister bought me a sewing machine when I was 16 and opened a new world to me. Then a couple years ago I discovered papercutting and that set even more in motion. I feel like everything I make now is inspired by the various forms of art I enjoy, which is probably why I make so many different things.

What are your favorite materials to work with? Do you have a favorite color palette?

I love rescued fabrics and paper. And I love every color. My art shows and crafts are all very colorful. There’s not a color I don’t like in it’s correct place… except hunter green. Hunter green has no business existing. (And that’s not because I’m a vegan. It’s an awful color, unless you’re an evergreen. I fully support trees of every color.)

What are your inspirations in your art and in life?

I draw inspiration from the people and things around me like anyone does. I don’t think I could narrow my life inspirations down to a couple, because I try to see as much as I can in the world and that’s what drives me.

What is your favorite song or album to listen to while working?

Pinback’s “Autumn of the Seraphs”. One of my favorite albums of all time. It never bores me.

Who are some of your favorite indie artist/crafters and why do you love them?

Swoon, solely an artist, but she does amazing things with paper. Ghost Patrol, because his style is incredible and I am always excited about seeing everything he does.

Any exciting future plans or developments in the works for your business?

My main focus for this year is just to keep working and I definitely have some new projects in the works. Like always, I’m excited to see what comes up next.


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