Meet Your Maker: Emily Dawe

With a passion for paper, Emily delights in teaching her creative skills, helping people to create their own beautiful, fun and contemporary designs. With a degree in Illustration, Emily can turn her hand to many practices including watercolour, marbling, various printing techniques and needle felting. She has teamed up with a number of big brands to produce craft content for print, online and in store workshops. You can find her teaching her skills at workshops in and around London as well as on her blog. Emily was previously the Home & Craft Editor at Woman’s Weekly; her first book, Paper Christmas, comes out 2018.

Join Emily in the Summer-themed Skills Workshop each day at 4.00pm - 5.00pm for paper quilling.

1. What are you most excited about The Handmade Fair?

Having grown up just down the road from the HMF, in East Molesey, Hampton Court holds a very special place in my heart. So to teach what I love doing the most, in such a special and nostalgic location will be an absolute honour. Like coming back to my roots.

2. If you were a biscuit what would you be and why?

I think I would have to be a Party Ring. These biscuits scream colour, fun and silliness…so that’s me in a nutshell really!

3. What is your biggest fear?

Oh gosh, I have loads…spiders, loneliness and computers taking over the world to name just a few.

4. What inspires you most?

I find inspiration in the littlest things every single day. From a conversation overheard on the bus, to digging around in bric-a-brac shops; flicking through dusty books and the smell of new ones, to listening to the birds in the tree just outside my house. I love chatting to interesting people, brainstorming ideas and coming up with silly solutions. Falling down a rabbit hole on Pinterest and discovering exciting people on Instagram.

5. Tell us something most people don’t know about you?

I once queued up outside a shop in my underwear. The shop in question was offering the first 25 scantily-clad people through the door a free outfit…so I thought, ‘sure! Why not!?’ That was a long time ago, I’d never dream of doing that now!

6. What’s your greatest achievement?

There are two that spring to mind… when I was doing my A Levels, my tutor advised me to not apply for the Art Foundation at Kingston….I worked my little socks off and got in. Then my tutor at Kingston told me not to apply for the Illustration course at Brighton University, because there were too many candidates…I applied and was accepted onto one of the most prestigious Illustration courses in the country. Now if I want something enough, I just go for it.

7. What are you known for?

Although my background is in Illustration, I think I’m most known for being the Home & Craft Editor at Woman’s Weekly. Since going freelance I have been doing a lot of watercolour paintings, brush lettering and calligraphy for weddings and events and lots of origami, quilling and paper projects for a book I have coming out next year.

8. Who would be on your dream dinner party guest list and why?

My grandads - because I never met either of them, Joanna Lumley - so we could chat and put the world to rights, my little brother - because he lives all the way in Australia and I miss him to pieces, my mum - she’s my best friend - it’s turning into quite the family affair now! Phil & Holly (from This Morning) - because they would undoubtedly make the evening a complete hoot! David Hockney and David Shrigley - both artists I admire for entirely different reasons, Fred Astaire - so we could dance in the moonlight. So a bit male-heavy, but it looks like it’s going to be a fun night!