Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Showpony by Emma Henderson

Emma Henderson, Glasgow Scotland
Brand: Showpony
Blogs: showponydesign.blogspot.com
Shop: Showpony.etsy.com
Indie Fixx, Tiny Volcano, Rose and Raddish, Julianna Grove,
All things Original, Not on the Highstreet, Red Door Gallery
… And many more

1. I'm not responsible enough to have a dog (but would love to have one)
2. My muscles ache almost everyday - thanks to Jarl, the spin instructor
3. I love cuddling up with a pillow...

... three reasons why this Showpony wheat and lavender filled Hotdog could be my new best friend!

Use him to sooth away aches and pains, warm up your bed or just give you
a cosy cuddle on the couch. Pop him in the microwave and this little
doggy will keep warm for about 2 hours.

Trompe l'oeil meaning to ‘trick the eye’ is a theme which runs through much of Emma’s designs, from hiding bugs within the folds of her cushions or using vintage images on modern shapes. Inspired by honesty in nature and poking fun at real life she creates products that are functional and beautiful. Not to mention, she's also dedicated to sustainable design and all her products are made out of organic cotton - hand spun and woven by a fair-trade cooperative!

As a designer I love to surprise and delight. I believe an object should engage the user both emotionally and functionally. As those which do so become loved, cherished objects which remain in our homes long after others have been discarded.

What do you call yourself? (e.g., Independent designer, crafter, maker, artist) Designer

What inspires you? How do you get past crafter's block?
Going for a long walk always gets me thinking in new creative ways.

What tool(s) can't you live without?
My computer, sorry if that doesn’t sound very artistic.

Who is your idol, current craft-crush?
Soop, Donna Wilson, Alison Willoughby, Lotta Jansdotter

How long have you been doing this?
I launched Showpony in September 2006, been making things for ever though, just without the focus or the money.

Where did you learn your craft?
I studied Product Design which was a great way to get me thinking about what your making but the how is self taught.

Do you do this full-time? If not, what pays the bills?
Bills? Well somehow they do get paid in the end. I’m nearly full time (I still do one day a week in the real world but hopefully not for too much longer).


Janick - Nea said...

OMG! Love the "hidden place" items! Such a creative and fun idea!!

Melissa de la Fuente said...

Love, love showpony! Off to visit her shop!

Mrs.French said...

Wow, I really just love her stuff so much!