Welcome

Emma Parkins has been a freelance artist since 1997, firstly as a commercial illustrator and then working as a community visual artist for over 10yrs. The environment is an important factor her work and she tries to source all her materials as sustainably as possible.

The art of Willow weaving and Sculpture is Emma’s specialism. It fits in well with her ethos and she finds it very therapeutic and grounding to work with. She draws on her years of experience as an illustrator to inspire her sculptures, creating willow animals and creatures that have character and charm, making her style unique.

Please take the time to explore this site. You can find out how commission Emma for your own unique piece of willow art, how to join her on one of her willow weaving workshops, or where to see her sculptures. Enjoy!

Artists Background

RabbitI live with my husband, 2 fantastic daughters, a cat and two pet rabbits in the beautiful Derbyshire town of Belper. We try to lead a holistic lifestyle and I am passionate about green issues and the environment which is evident in my work.

I graduated from Derby Uni in 1995 where I studied Graphic Design. This was followed by a Masters in Visual Communication.

I have been freelancing as an artist and illustrator since 1997.

During this time I worked within a design studio which specialised in licensed characters, was involved with an artist’s co-operative. From 2000 – 2006 I was based in ‘Banks Mill Studio’s Derby and I worked for an artist’s agency who have sold my illustrations all over the world.

Over the last 12 years I have been producing environmentally friendly arts and crafts, which led me to do workshops based on this ethos, setting up a company called ‘Junky Monkey’.

Throughout this time I have run many workshops and taught in adult education.

This need to combine nature and art inspired me to produce my own work in willow. Now I am forging my career as a Willow artist and sculptor and I love it!

Latest from the Blog

Summer sculpture workshop
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Buzzing off to RHS Chatsworth
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I have spent the last week preparing a large willow bee for the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust stand at the RHS Chatsworth flower show in Derbyshire. Come and visit their lovely stand from the 7-11th June.  Its should be buzzing!!  

Three workshop dates added
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I’ve added three more workshops dates to our calendar. Join me and explore the craft of willow. Booking is essential.   Taster days 9 September 2017 Willow Sculpture Weekends 14-15 October 2017 Golden Days 3 November 2017

Upcoming Workshops
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Join me and explore the craft of willow. Learn some basic techniques used in sculpture and experience the feeling of well being that weaving brings. Enjoy a social and creative day and take home the pieces that you create. Booking … Read More