Emma Russell

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March meet the maker day 15 to day 20

Some more from the March Meet the Maker instagram challenge.

Day 15 – work clothes.

Studio “uniform” and my client meeting uniform. In the studio it’s all layers and comfort so for meetings I relish the chance to wear my “outside” clothes and tend towards one of my favourite skirts & colourful shoes, dressed down with a plain top. This is interspersed at regular intervals with muddy dog walking clobber! I dream of being Katharine Hepburn but I’m often more Worzel Gummidge!


Day 16 – Time to relax

Time to relax by getting near some trees and sky, preferably with the dog. If there’s no time for the forest or the marshes then the park is lovely, especially as spring is making everything shine, look at this willow. Despite it being years since i moved from Devon, I still miss the sea and Dartmoor, but forest, marsh and river cover the gap! If not trotting about outside i relax with cake, naps, books, pubs and, my guilty secret, *whispers* tv & radio detective dramas (don’t tell anyone)

Day 17 – Feedback

I think this is my favourite bit of client feedback ever. These words were emailed with three exclamation marks and I’m sure a twinkle in the eye. I’m protecting the client’s anonymity!


Day 18 – Hyperlapse

Here’s a link to the video:  www.instagram.com/p/BRySXhAgxn7

An app for timelapse or slow mo video. Today I’m working on something that i can’t share yet so i filmed my tea break instead… In heroic slow motion! That’s right, I’m drinking that tea and eating that cake so you don’t have to.


Day 19 – Helper

My helper is Holly dog. She tries not to let studio work get in the way of her important sleep research. Greyhounds are perfect studio pets, a very peaceful presence, they love to kip and be near their humans. She has an important job, making sure i leave my desk for a walk twice a day and for lunch!


Day 20 – Sketchbook.

Link to the video: https://www.instagram.com/p/BR3aixRg01h

I use basic A4 kraft-backed sketchbooks each dated with start&finish on the front. It’s not pretty. They’re not for human consumption! They’re for initial sketches, thinking, planning, notes, so i don’t spend time on them looking in any way finished or “nice”. Everything starts in one of these. It may go off to be developed in a layout pad or on individual sheets of paper, but this is thinking space. This is my most recent sketchbook.

March meet the maker

I’m doing the Instagram challenge “Meet the Maker” this month. It was invented by Joanne Hawker as a way to tell the story of your designer maker business. It’s so much fun seeing everyone’s workplaces, process and faces!

Day 1 – You

Day 2 – Favourite to make

Day 3 – Workspace


Day 4 – Tools

Day 5 – Boomerang

I’m not sure how to place a Boomerang so here’s a link to it!

Day 6 – Raw materials

Day 7 – How it’s made

Day 8 – Where

Day 9 – Work in progress