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Emma Powell

Emma is a printmaker, bookmaker, graphic designer and a Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design and Illustration at De Montfort University. She is also a Visual Communications tutor at The Open College of the Arts.

Emma has a PhD in Sustainable Design from Kingston University (2009). Her practice-led PhD was concerned with the use of Rejectamenta (“Things thrown away” – Webster’s 1828 Dictionary) by selected contemporary creators. The intent of the PhD research was to challenge preconceptions about the use of waste materials.

Emma is also the co-founder and co-curator of we love your books. This is a collaborative venture with book artist Melanie Bush. Emma has co-curated a yearly, open, experimental books exhibition since 2005. In these themed exhibitions inventive book structures from around the World are shown. More information, and the current call for entries, can be found here.

Emma’s visual work is underpinned by her PhD research and she applies the principles of sustainable design to as many aspects of her practice as she can. She loves to combine different processes, such as letterpress and screenprinting, and is drawn to colour, pattern and texture. Emma’s work often communicates indirectly and secretively about personal events (even when she tries not to).

More of Emma’s work can be seen here.