BSC Artist Spotlight! Emma Mierop of Skippy Cotton

Artist Spotlight: Emma Mierop of Skippy Cotton

by Nancy Cook, Artist, Blue Scarf Member

I had the pleasure of meeting Emma two summers ago while stopping in at one of my favorite local shops, Parcel, located in Montclair, NJ. I was struck by her immediately and we talked rather openly a few times that week while my children were attending a photography camp nearby.

Emma's imagery is filled with animals, moons, stars, circus clowns and acrobats. She describes herself as a collector, machine embroideress and a toy maker. Her work includes framed textiles, children's toys and ornaments using a combination of skills in illustration, machine and hand embroidery.

I asked Emma to tell me a little about her inspirations and process.

-My grandmother
-Circuses of all counties/Theatre arts at large. (Acrobats and any form of costume) 
-working at Parcel
- German or Scandinavian artifacts and ephemera. 
-American folk art (historical and contemporary)

I usually freehandedly illustrate little people or imagery on my sewing machines with an embroidery setting. I embroider an outline in one color, then go back and fill in all the other colors one at a time.I like to be repetitive with colors but experimental with materials. 
Once my embroidery is complete, I embellish by hand with thicker threads, beads and other findings.

Find Emma on
instagram: skippy_cotton
and on

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