No I'm not that crazy, this isn't just a list with my name on it five times!
I know Emily is an extremely common name. In fact it's kind of a family joke that my mom thinks she's very creative and original, but happened to give her children the two most popular names in America: Emily and Jake.
But even with so many of us around, I always feel a special connection with other Emily's (Emilies?). I love imagining how the name might have shaped us in similar ways. Even more exciting is when I find other artists and creatives named Emily.
It's so fun to think about the way other people's minds and eyes work and to see the results in their work. If you gave five different people the same object to draw you would end up with five very different drawings. The world gave us tons of artists and designers named Emily. Let's see how five of my favorites interpret their own creative practices.
Genius painter. Her watercolors are simple, colorful, playful, but somehow still and quiet. I adore her color palette and the way she makes bright, bold colors seem subdued.
And after reading this Refinery29 interview I love her personal style too!
One of my first living artist crushes. The first and only time I saw Emily Eveleth's giant jelly doughnut paintings in person was on a scouting trip through Chelsea in college. I was looking for something to write about for an art history paper and was immediately obsessed with these paintings.
They're beautiful any way you can get your eyes on them, but standing right in front of them is a special experience. They take over enormous gallery walls and make you feel tiny. The doughnuts change from detailed objects into big forms of light and color. The range of emotions and associations they bring out is beyond words.
Plus she was way into doughnuts before the rest of us.
Beautiful and ethereal landscape paintings. Earthy and unexpected floral watercolors. To me Emily Jeffords is the perfect example of a Southern artist. She has a knack for refining the outdoors and bringing nature effortlessly into her art. She also happens to be a great person. I've had the pleasure of talking to her and she's as down to Earth and lovely as you might expect.
What do I want to be when I grow up? Emily Henderson.
Her interior design is chic and light and pretty, but not fussy. And she just seems so fun and cool. This video with Home Polish really sealed the deal for me.
Love her style, love her eye. (If you're reading this, Em, let's be friends)
I found Emily Rickard's work when I was doing that very Millennial thing of Googling my own name. Well I wasn't Googling actually. I was searching for my own Society6 profile (which I no longer have) and her name, Emily R., came right before my Emily S.
I went crazy for her abstract paintings and prints. Then when I found her collages I was really in love. I think we all know how I feel about a good color combo and her work nails it.
...And a close 6th
Honorary artist Emily Dickinson. You may not know her as an artist, but she actually made her own little paper booklets to write her poems in. I can just picture her shut in her room crafting away. She's so weird and cool. Classic Emily.