By emma harding, May 10 2020 04:02PM

Hello, I hope you are well and doing okay in this insane situation we are all in.

Frankly, everything is a mess in the creative industries -- lots of things have had to come to a halt, people are struggling to make a living -- but it is heartening and not at all surprising to see how quickly the creative people get to work, set things up, support one another. It doesn't surprise me at all - our industry is built on the joy of problem solving. Adversity is built in. There's a solid foundation and belief, I've heard time and time again, that creativity heals and maintains the soul. Everything links up. Making art, music, stories is a very human thing to do. And it is good that on some level certain inequalities become challenged, that the livelihoods of artists shifts a little from the middlemen.

I've seen this happening with initiatives like Matthew Burrows Artist Support Pledge - @artistsupportchallenge where artists pledge to buy work when they have sold £1000 worth...

Another great initiative is the Paris Collage Collective weekly challenge @ParisCollageCollective where they select an image as a starting point for a theme. I have always made mixed media and collage work and as I found myself doing more during the lockdown I decided to take up the challenge.

It's been great, really enjoyable, and what was really nice is that Paris Collage Collective got in touch to ask whether they could interview me about my work. I was honoured, and they were really lovely - asking tough but fabulous questions - you can read what I had to say


My instagram link where I've been posting lots of mixed media and collage work, some for sale: @drawswithhand (please come and say hello, I'd love to see you there).

Thanks for reading. Stay safe and keep the magic of love and creativity alive (distance can be overcome!) E x

By emma harding, May 3 2019 06:00PM

This is a recent illustration I did for The Big Issue. Absolutely wonderful to work for and a great magazine. Shared a sweet with the man who sold me my latest copy. See below. Illo, not sweet.

In other news I have finally opened a stack of letters that were piling up and managed to file them into the recyling and elsewhere.

@arrivingwheels is going great guns. Riles, in charge of social media, hasn't really done that but we are working and laughing a lot. Very important. When she puts the work up on Instagram I'm sure it will be a great hit among bodybuilders and internet marketing companies who are avidly following us. We have 15 followers... 14.

I am a writer, writing stuff. Writing a novel for which I have been awarded a Curtis Brown Creative Scholarship. It is a massive honour to be able to receive such amazing feedback and advice.

Once I have come out of shock, any day now, I'll be getting down to some serious writing. I cannot thank them enough.


I should say a bit more about the Curtis Brown HW Fisher Scholarship... because I am so proud and honoured to be awarded this amazing opportunity to develop my novel 'When I Love You I Am Sick'

- offbeat and emotional nonconformist, it is the story of Ingrid falling in love... (an' all that)

The award means so much. I do feel lucky because I almost didn't apply (I didn't think I stood a chance) but with ten minutes to spare I pressed send. Luckily.

Now the course is drawing to a close I can honestly say it has been an intense process with everything building towards huge amounts of work, yet to be done!

There have been so many highlights with our brilliant tutor Charlotte Mendelson, and fantastic visting speakers, as well as sharing work with a great bunch of fellow writers... but a very fun one did involve drink. A bubbly alcoholic reception with HW Fisher, supporters of the scholarship fund, which was a great opportunity to thank them in person and meet many interesting people (this is how great writers are: lucid wine conversations about genetics, what it's like to be Will Self's wife -- neither of us conversing had experience of this -- and a five second time travelling conversation with Kiare Ladner, a most brilliant writer. All perfectly memorable). I also talked accounting with Barry (must add, poor Barry. My experience with all forms of money is very limited. He was very patient).

Quite forgettable would be the photograph of me with the very nice gentlemen Barry and Andrew from HW Fisher. Honestly, I am much taller than 3'2", that top I'm wearing does not look like a nightie in real life, and my neck does at times relax and appear to be made of normal unpleated skin (not that being short is in any way bad) I'm now sounding vain and cranky... but I am also not 100 years old. One minute I was going for demure the next I was laughing at something funny and click. I am obviously vain and cranky. Those books behind us are all first editions, look at them.

As a treat I have bought myself a new pen. And I have added a photo of what goes on inside one of my drawers.

Emma x

(I have an illness called Neverending Edit)

By emma harding, Mar 21 2019 03:23PM

'The Searchers'... Looking for our sense of humour

New work, this one created for the Northern Illustration Prize, which is open to everyone including dodgy southern sorts like me.

Other news: I have a new project going on with another artist (known sometimes as Riles). She has no social media but has conceded to an Instagram, which with our combined creative skills have named, on a whim, @arrivingwheels

It is very special to work with Riles. Our work is wildly different, we are wildly different. We don't know what we're doing so parameters are moving, which is one of our requirements. Laughing a lot is another. It's been great fun so far. Perhaps I'll post some of what we do on here but check us out on IG or not.

P.S. Been trying to lose that Facebook button (below) as I'm no longer on it... if only I could cut it off with scissors.

By emma harding, Jan 31 2019 04:52PM

Please check out my new portfolio and work on the illustration page.

I have a newly developed branch of my portfolio: constructed illustrations using paper, pencils, and glue!

I'll be adding to it in the coming weeks and look forward to new and interesting commissions that need that extra dimension...

For now, my other art projects have gone into archive mode. Prints and mixed media work are for sale on Liberty Gallery website here: Liberty Gallery

By emma harding, Oct 30 2018 09:46PM

I am in love with the collected short stories of Vladimir Nabokov.

The Reunion is about two brothers, Lev and Serafim, who meet after ten years yet cannot address the real issue of their separation. They talk around the houses avoiding the fundamental divide; the extreme politics of their motherland and their very different allegiances.

At one point Serafim seems to allegorize their situation and missed opportunity perfectly: Before a magnetic field is formed... "There exists a so-called electric field. Its lines of force are situated in planes that pass through a so-called vibrator. Note that, according to Farraday's teachings, a magnetic line appears as a closed circle, while an electric one is always open."

Magnetic attraction. Electrically shorted.

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