I have always been fascinated by things in miniature – you’ll recall my blog a few months ago about model villages. Well, this blog is about even smaller works of art!
My eye was caught by a Facebook post featuring these absolutely delightful creatures! On closer investigation I found that their creator, the very talented Emma Cocker, lives and works in north Devon. She describes her work as ‘Handcrafted textile artworks, with character…’
These beautiful little figures are very definitely works of art – and not toys. They are for ‘grown up’ children to marvel at. Her work is sold in galleries across the country and she hand-makes every detail, from the tiny knitted sweaters to hand stitched mini rucksacks and tiny boot and shoes. The detail is wonderful.
Emma says; “I create quintessentially English characters, fabric sculptures and illustrations inspired by the coast and country. My work is carefully crafted in knit and stitch, combining antique, vintage and reclaimed textiles, and British wool. From ethical textile taxidermy, in the form of stags’ horns and a dapper fox dressed in his best hunting suit, to a crew of salty seadogs and complimentary, oversized knitted buoys I like to create pieces that surprise and question.”
Emma also makes hand-knitted anchors and buoys, and has experimented in the art of ‘ethical taxidermy’ in the form of knit-covered horns and antlers. Interesting!
As one would hope, Emma lives in the sort of house you would imagine – a tiny cob cottage on the coast at Appledore. ‘I feel lucky to live in a beautiful part of the world. From walking in the woods and seeing the colours of the bluebells, to local fisherman bringing in their catch of the day — it all feeds in to what I do. I love walking the coastal path, swimming in my favourite coves and rummaging in a good charity shop!”
You can buy her figures on Etsy, but if their price ticket is beyond you… just have a look at the lovely photography on her website and Facebook page and you can enjoy the exquisite detail, humour and skill in her miniature anthropomorphic figures.
© Emma Cocker