Tuesday, 8 May 2012

The Colourful Emily Peacock

Hello everyone, I hope your all having a lovely day.  Today I want to tell you all about Emily Peacock :)

The first time I tried cross stitch was when I was in my teens and got so frustrated with it that I was convinced it was not for me.  However when I saw that Rob Ryan had collaborated with Emily Peacock and come up with a really stunning design I decided it was time to give it another go.  Since then I have become a women obsessed and have a tottering pile of cross stitch, (still to do), to prove it!

I contacted Mrs Peacock to ask if I could post about her, and she was even kind enough to take the time to answer a few of my questions!

- Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

I am a needlework designer that sells my work through my website www.emilypeacock.com,   as well as in Liberty of London.  My work has been associated with the resurgence of popularity in craft and I am known for my modern approach, bright colours and use of fonts in needlework.  I work from home with my assistant Katie, who is also my younger sister.  As well as selling my needlepoint kits, I run workshops, have worked with Rob Ryan, the students at RSN and the charity Fine Cell Work.  I am married and have two teenage daughters.

-What made you decide to pursue a career in textiles?

I have always loved textiles - that love was something I believe I was born with.  Over the years I have made my clothes, my wedding dress and soft furnishings and I have knitted and stitched from a very young age.  I worked in graphic design for years where I learnt an eye for layout, colour and font, but my passion was always in the area of textiles.

It took me a long time to find exactly what I wanted to do - I was a bit of a dilettante for years and didn't commit to an idea.  I think I lacked self belief and focus and this made me very frustrated.  I now recognise this in others and encourage people in my workshops to fearlessly express themselves and find their own creative path.  So many people become scared and frustrated but feel they have something to give, but we all have an innate creative ability.  The clues are in the story of who you are and what you have always loved to do, then in piecing those bits together and finding your own wonderful unique style.  I love to help people with that.

- Where do you get your inspiration from?

Ideas just jump into my head and I do not actively seek them out.  It's just a question of Zeitgeist - being original but coming up with ideas that don't look out of place.  I have an idea and execute it in my own way using my own colour taste and influences from my graphics background.  I'm not really into subtlety - I love designs that jump out at you as soon as you enter a room.  It's very important to me to keep original.  I find it very dull when the same trends are rehashed over and over.  It's so disappointing to me when you find a new shop or a new product and once again we are confronted with Union flags, cupcakes, russian dolls, Keep Calm & Carry On, statements about tea... I could go on but I'm sure that's not a popular thing to say, it just frustrates me!  We have a worldwide reputation for being innovators and it's so important to me to keep breaking new ground rather then stick to what everybody's already buying.  I'm a risk taker by nature and will always try out new things.

- Do you have any new projects/exhibitions coming up?

I am running workshops over the summer and then will be at the Knitting & Stitching Show in London and possibly Harrogate too.  I will also be at Vintage in July.  I will always be adding to the designs on my website and I am just starting my second book which I hope will be a very different type of needlework book.


I would just like to thank Mrs Peacock for sharing her work and thoughts with me, all photographs were taken from her website.  Go and have a look at all the gorgeous kits she has for sale at her website and on her Etsy too - http://www.etsy.com.  You can also follow her on her facebook page - Emily-Peacock

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