Emily Jo Gibbs
Profile: Emily Jo Gibbs
Emily has a wonderful talent for combining materials and creates beautiful objects that have been inspired by her observations of nature. Her latest work a series of embroidered portraits explore personal relationships. Emily's thoughtful observations of her family examine the some of the contradictory messages parents give children.
Over the last 18 years Emily Jo Gibbs has established an international reputation for her exquisite work. She has received significant critical acclaim for her work and pieces are held in the permanent collections of the V&A, the Crafts Council and The Museum of Fine Art, Houston. She creates intriguing 'nature table' displays of delightful things, wool bowls embroidered with bird song sit beside, delicately woven silver and willow baskets, vessels with a patchwork of tiny silver pieces and silk containers that are suspended between stems of silver reeds and wild oats.
"Much of my work is about my observations of nature and finding beauty in ordinary things, little pieces of moss, grass and peeling bark. I like to combine materials in a way that challenges the viewer's perception of what the material actually is. I try to describe things that are extremely beautiful, very fragile and short-lived. I'm interested in giving gravitas, reverence and meaning to everyday things and thoughts and feelings and memories".