Emma Greenwood is a process-driven craftswoman, trained in sculpture, printmaking and custom-made footwear. Using a variety of materials such as leather, postage stamps, felt and rope, Emma’s pieces are highly tactile and precious, referencing a love of colour, humour, symmetry and silhouette.
Eschewing the need for seasonal trends, Emma revisits signature themes and ideas inspired by flora, regalia, philately, science fiction and hiphop culture. Either bespoke and highly customised, or in small production runs, she lovingly handcrafts her footwear and accessories entirely from her Melbourne studio.
“My practice focuses on the manipulation of leather into bold sculptural forms. I combine traditional skills of leatherworking, jewellery and textile arts to produce footwear and accessories with a sense of experimentation and contemporary direction.”
Images: Emma Greenwood, Luggage Tags. Photo: Emma Byrnes; Emma Greenwood, Portrait with sneakers. Photo: Natalie Jeffcott
OBJECT SHOP MAKER Q&A
What is your 'origin story'?! Where did it all start?
We didn't have a TV when I was young, so we climbed trees and made things. Later on I went to art school and studied sculpture and printmaking, which proved to be useful when I learned to make shoes, which are functional sculptures!
Describe the last thing you made?
Luggage Tags for Object!
What part of the making process do you enjoy the most?
Sewing, it's like a very satisfying meditation.
Who should we be following on Instagram? Who are your favourite local makers?
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What's next on the horizon for you?
Making some boots for a group show in Melbourne about Magpies, my boots are going to be tooled leather feathers (try saying that fast 5 times!). I'm also working on some embroidered boots for a show at Artisan which examines contemporary embroidery alongside traditional work from the Qld Embroiderer's Guild.