I attended an event at The Women's Organisation in Liverpool last week and met some amazing women in business. The Women's Organisation is an incredible not-for-profit organisation with a mission to empower women to reach their full potential and give them the support needed to really achieve.
I get to make so many different things doing what I do. I make spaces pretty, I make upcycled furniture and I make blogs about design and travel to name a few! But if I had to pick my favourite thing to make it would be new connections. I make connections with so many interesting people along the way; lovely clients, unique brands, talented and creative local makers as well as some truly inspirational people and like-minded individuals through the interior blogging community.
At this Women’s Organisation event, I made a brand-new connection as I sat next to a stranger. This stranger turned out to be a lady called Emily; an artist and very talented individual who is looking to collaborate with interior designers. Sounds like fate!
After browsing through Emily’s colourful and vibrant artwork, I was intrigued to find out more about her and the inspirations behind her abstract artwork. As we approach International Women's Day on Thursday 8th March, I decided to focus my next blog on Emily and her beautiful work.
Emily Bartlett is Dorset born and a self-taught, full-time artist. She relocated to Northern Italy at the age of 18, where she lived for 6 years in the historical port city of Genoa on the beautiful Ligurian coast. Emily now has her own studio based in Liverpool within Cains Brewery Village, Northern Lights. Her portfolio of over 200 paintings has consistently followed the theme of ‘The Circle of Life’. Her thought process and brush-strokes culminate in a balanced connection thus coming together in a metaphorical circle. Once complete, the painting is then signed with a ‘o’ which she considers to be the paintings full stop.
What made you to choose a career as an artist?
I love painting; I always have and it’s something I feel that I need to do. It helps me connect to myself and the world. I’ve been very fortunate to make money out of something I feel so passionate about and would be doing anyway.
How would you describe your style and the way you work with each client?
My work is expressive! I get very physical, I dance around the canvas with my paintbrush, walk away and look at it from a distance and then zoom right back up to it. As for my clients, I like to get to know them as much as possible. I get a feel for who they are and respond to that feeling. I require a few details from the client: colours that they do or don't want, as well as a few examples of my work that they like. I ask to see the interior of their house and if I haven’t physically met them, then I ask for them to send me a photo of an outfit or their wardrobe. If it’s for an occasion, I ask dates and if a client is gifting my work, I ask for the story of their relationship. I really try to incorporate as much information as possible into the painting, this can be by colour or marks. Making it personal is very important.
Tell me about your favourite commission and what was the inspiration behind it?
Last year I was commissioned for a first wedding anniversary. I was contacted by Josh who had seen my work around Liverpool. Josh and I started speaking via email; I was asking him the usual questions that I ask for commissions when we wound up discovering that we both grew up on farms in Dorset and went to the same primary school, 6 hours away from Liverpool where we now both reside! The likelihood of that happening really touched me, I was very emotional, it hit my art heart. The painting is called JOTE and can be found on my Instagram.
Who is your role model and why?
Mother Nature. Her colours, her forms, her movement, her balance, yeah, Mother Nature, she's my lady. There are many artists that I adore and who inspire me but it’s difficult to just name a few. The same way that if somebody asks you what type of music you like, so hard to answer, but at least with that I can give them my ipod.
Do you have any exciting projects coming up?
Yes, March is a busy one! 7th & 8th I will be exhibiting for Jos Cervical Charity at Herrick Gallery in Mayfair. I’m doing a 'Live painting' at Tusk at Northern Lights in Liverpool on the 17th March. I’m planning on holding the event monthly and I hope to bring in other artists. I am then leading a workshop in collaboration with Oh Creative for the Binary Festival on the 22nd March at my studio. And THEN... I’m being flown to Australia to paint. As well as all of that, I will be painting daily for three local independent female interior designers with plans to collaborate. I’m very excited for the future!
Follow Emily on Instagram: @emilybartlettart
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