Who are you?
I am Emily Mackey – an artisan (skilled craftsperson).
Where are you?
I am based in London near the Regents canal. I studied Constructed Textiles at Middlesex University and specialised in weaving. I use embroidery/print/photography/weave/paint in my work.
Why do you hand make your products?
I hand make my products because I can, I thoroughly enjoy it, and I can also ensure that they are made to the quality that I am happy with. I source materials and suppliers locally where possible – including UK bred Alpaca. Some materials are best when sourced abroad though, like silk.
Where would you like to see them?
I’ve recently completed my first order for Heal’s. I made up a large batch of hand woven cushions (made on my dobby loom) using British wools, UK Alpaca, Mohair and Silk. It was extremely satisfying to pack up a mountain of cushions all made by myself. I am excited to see where this goes…
What hopes and dreams do you have for your products?
I would like to be able to look back at my creative life, when I am old, and know that the lions share of the work that I have sold has had my fair hand in it (quite literally!)
Tamra and Gwyn