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

New Studio
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  I have moved studio this summer to be in my home town of Belper.  I am now at ‘Fleet Arts’.  It is an old school house building and has been an arts centre for many years.  From here I … Read More

Catherine Wheel?
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Why you are asking?  Its not November. Well let me explain.  Creatively I feel like a Catherine wheel. This time of the year things are very slow to get off the ground.  I spend a lot of time thinking about … Read More

Excited for 2018
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2018 is set to be an exciting year.  I am already planning some great projects, some of which are in the pipe line and others confirmed.  I will keep you up to date with projects as I get the go … Read More

Swans fly in for Christmas
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Four of my Willow swans have finally made it to Kedleston Hall. They were made to look extra special by the sprinkling of snow at the weekend. If you fancy seeing them and the beautifully decorated Hall, then it will … Read More

preparing for swan sculptures
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With summer a distant memory and Autumn now in full swing I am turning my attentions to the 4 swan commissions I have for kedleston hall. I have done some sketches, taken photos and had my armatures made, so now … Read More

Meet Opal
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This little lady has been keeping me on my toes over the last couple of weeks, so not much weaving has been done. Opal is my new work pal and will keeping me company at the studio. She is sooooooo … Read More