Emma Clark is the artist/owner of Ferret & Fern where she creates nature-inspired illustrations and handmade accessories, responsibly crafted to minimize environmental impact.
Keeping with her love of nature, Emma tries to source her materials as responsibly as possible. Using ethically sourced fabrics, or second-hand fabric from clothing, fabric, and remnants when she can find them.
She makes her own natural dyes, sourced or grown locally when possible, and also uses non toxic printing inks.
1. Why did you move to Elgin?
We moved to Elgin initially because we could afford a place downtown, being able to walk to shops and bars was really important to me. Having lived here a while though, I realise how much Elgin has to offer in the way of community and life style! Small town life is definitely the way forward 😊
2. What compels you to spend time creating?
This is a hard one… I don’t think I could name any one thing, if I don’t create anything I get itchy and anxious. I find the process of creating intellectually challenging and incredibly rewarding. Making something beautiful from a simple idea is the best feeling!
3. Tell me three things you’ve learned in the past five years.
How to open myself up to people to build new and better friendships. That owning a dog is just as amazing as I thought it would be! That I make art for myself and not for others.
4. What are you currently making, reading, watching, or listening to?
I’m making a crochet cardigan, I’m reading a book called Overstory, and watching Carnival Row and Picard
5. Cake or Pie?
Cake vs sweet pie – cake! Cake vs savoury pie – pie!