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Emily Jo Gibbs

Emily Jo Gibbs specialises in hand-stitched silk organza appliqué.

This new body of work was created to celebrate the skill, dexterity and the creative problem-solving of people who make things, recognising the value of clever hands in an increasingly digital and cerebral age.

Concerned about the position of making in the hierarchy of skills we value as a society, and how this is exacerbated by the decline of making in schools, Gibbs has stitched a series of portraits of contemporary makers to reflect how proud she is to be a member of this creative community.

Emily Jo Gibbs, Portrait of a Shoemaker, 2017, Silk organza on linen, 46 x 45 cm, Photo: Tas Kyprianou