Emily Coulson

We are proud to feature another creative today from North Norfolk, where the Orange Peel is based!

Keep reading to find out more about Emily, her artwork+ Lino Printing!

Q1: What is your Name, Age, and Where are you based?

A: My name is Emily Coulson, I’m 21 and currently living in North Norfolk, (while searching for a house in central Norwich).

Q2: How did you first get into your creative practice/ work?

A: I started carving Lino Prints towards the end of my A-levels in 2017, then forgot about Lino printing for much of my first year of Uni. I started again during the summer between 1st and 2nd year of university after I realised I had been working mostly digitally during 1st year, and this was just not fun to me. Lino printing was something that allowed me to enjoy the process as well as the result. This has become really central to any work I produce – there has to be some hand-made element of unpredictability o surprise to the result, which there almost always is with Lino.

Q3: Are there any main or overarching themes you explore in your work?

A: Increasingly my work explores+practices sustainability (:the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level. And avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.) I have a recycling bin in my studio that isn’t really even a recycling bin as I dip in to it for materials to collage with. Or I use my misprints/ notes etc and then shred them to create packaging filler. I’ve recently been trying to make new paper out of the old scraps too. It has become a fun challenge for me to create work from the old, because I don’t see simply throwing anything out as an option anymore. As for the work I actually create, I almost always look to the past for the imagery I like to produce. Objects that are made with good craftmanship, a story behind them, things that are one-offs, unique. I prefer to look to the past, before the era of plastic mass production!

Q4: How has the COVID- 19 Pandemic affected your work?

A: Prior to Covid-19, I was working 5 days a week in a restaurant, then squeezing in making things either in the early hours of the morning or the other 2 days a week. Since lockdown started though I do feel like I’ve had the most productive 3 months of my life… I’ve been able to focus on my practice, how I want to create work, without any other disruptions whatsoever. It’s kind of been like having a years’ worth of personal creative growth crammed into 3 months!

Q5: Highlight one of your biggest inspirations!

A: One of my favourite artists/ printmakers is Eric Ravilious. His way of creating ‘pure pattern’ within his watercolour paintings is something that I completely adore. Ravilious had this ability to include so much pattern within one work, but make it so that the whole piece is still beautifully balanced. The same goes for his woodblock engravings, so many shapes and patterns within one piece but the compositions are so well thought out that it works wonderfully. 

Q6: Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

A: I’d ideally like to be a freelance Illustrator, without a part time job by then! I’d hope to have really consolidated the way I want to work, and then be in a place to manage creating both work for myself to sell, and creating work for clients. I would really like to do something to help others like myself, starting a career in the creative industry. Teaching Lino print classes maybe? Or mentoring a local creative? I don’t know, but it’s definitely something I’d like to be doing by 5 years into the future, so I can give something back to the creative community. 

Q7: If you could share a message with the world, what would it be?

A: Right now I’d say… Please do your research before you buy things – everything and anything! No fast fashion! Re-use and recycle! Buy second hand! OR buy it independent! Spend that little bit more money to make a small business grow AND get something that will actually last you a lifetime and means something!

Art work by Emily Coulson
Art work by Emily Coulson
Art work by Emily Coulson

Everyone knows the drill by now…To find more of Emilys work and support her you can go to he Instagram! Where you will also be able to find her Etsy store!

-SEE YOU AGAIN SOON-

Jim Kernott

 
You may already be fimiliar with our next Highlighted Artist Jim Kernott- due to being 1 part of the ‘Lad + Dad’ Duo on popular Netfilx show ‘The Big Flower Fight’ !
However Myself and Daisy (OP co-creator) just know him as ‘Jim’ from UNI!
 
If your’e interested in knowing more about his work which covers a range of subjects like Mental Health, Upcycling + Badgers… then carry on reading the full interview bellow…
 
 
Q1: What is your Name, Age, and Where are you based?
 
A: My name is Jim Kernott, I am 21 years old and I live in Eastbourne. I attend the University of Brighton, studying 3D design and craft.
 
Q2: How did you first get into your creative practice/ work?
 
A: I always liked art at school, I took it as GCSE but lost interest because it was mainly painting and drawing (both of which I suck at). I studied photography A-Level which I loved! which got me onto a foundation art course at college. It was during this course, I found I really enjoyed making! Creating tangible things, from ideas, to designs, to objects! It’s great. From there I began my university life at Brighton!

Q3: Are there any main or overarching themes you explore in your work?

A:One topic I find myself returning to is mental health, in particular, men’s mental health. I enjoy starting a conversation to hopefully raise awareness for something that many people have, but sometimes don’t talk about! Recently I have been working with upcycled things and reclaimed wood which I am enjoying.

 
Q4: How has the COVID- 19 Pandemic affected your work?
 
A: It has been difficult… At UNI we have workshops, specialist tools, top notch equipment, all of which is closed off to us students at the moment, so I thought I couldn’t make. I have learnt that I don’t need all the specialist equipment, I just need a willingness to put in some more hours to create some things. Currently, all I have is time, which can be filled with making! So I have been making some things for friends and family.
 
Q5: Highlight one of your biggest inspirations!
 
A: It changes quite regularly, but currently I really like the work by Olafur Eliasson. I visited his exhibition in the Tate Modern and I loved how experiential the whole thing was, you could really immerse yourself in the creations! I would love to work with him and his team one day!

Q6: Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

A: This question scares me… It’s a big world out there with lots to do and lots to experience! I have found that things pop up out of nowhere, I just need to stay ready for them I guess! Ideally, I will be creating. I’d like to work with an experienced creative person at some point, learn from them maybe like an apprentice (I like to learn new skills). I also really enjoyed being part of the ‘Big Flower Fight’show on Netflix, so maybe something else to do with TV? So overall, I’m not sure, whatever it is I hope to be enjoying it!
 
Q7: If you could share a message with the world, what would it be?
 
A: My one piece of advice, is if an opportunity presents itself, go for it, run with it. It might just be the best thing you will ever do! This is something I need to keep telling myself too!!
 
 
‘Usable Final Creation’ Jim Kernott 2019
Jim+ Dad ” Lad + Dad” Team on Netflix Show The Big flower Fight
‘Upcycled Table’ Jim Kernott 2020

To follow more of Jims work find him on Instagram !

Or watch him and his Dad on ‘The Big Flower Fight’ currently on Netflix !  

-SEE YOU NEXT TIME-