Meet the Maker: Emma Giacalone Textiles

In the May issue of Bustle & Sew Magazine we were delighted to feature an interview with the very talented Emma Giacalone. Emma works from her garden studio at her home in a little market town near Bristol, not so very far from Bustle & Sew HQ. She stitches the most beautiful images of houses, children’s artwork and incredibly detailed scenes which make it hard to believe she only started six short years ago.

We asked Emma to tell us a bit more about the techniques she uses. She told us…

“I use raw edge appliqué and freehand machine embroidery; I have a very large collection of material scraps which I use to create textile collages of pictures that I have sketched. I then use a sewing machine to attach the layers of colour and textured fabric to my canvas and use a sewing machine to ‘draw’ details on to my work. I usually hand stitch additional embellishments such as buttons on at the end, and also add any details that are too fine for me to be able to sew accurately on the machine.”

We also asked Emma about where she finds her creative inspiration…

“As I started by making things for my children, my work was initially influenced by the things that they liked. As time has gone on and I have broadened the subject of my work, I have found myself making pictures influenced by the beautiful countryside around me, and living in a Gloucestershire market town near the river Severn, and not far from Bristol, I really am spoilt for choice!”

Do be sure to visit Emma’s website to see more of her gorgeous work and pop over to her Instagram to say hello!

Read the full interview in the May issue of Bustle & Sew Magazine.

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