Emma Russell

Emma Russell's illustration blog

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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



Bespoke paper headpieces, lips & sign artworks

My paper artwork featured in the Monochrome with a Dash of Colour. I was commissioned to make paper headpieces based on willow pattern dishes, a pair of huge juicy paper lips and a big pop art flash sign saying “TAT”. Here it is in print:

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When I’d just completed the headpieces:

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The making of the lips and TAT sign:

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Initial sketches:


Old Tat teaser

The new issue of Old Tat is available for preorder and I’m excited to see the layered paper TAT sign and giant lip props I made in pride of place on the back of cover option 4.  http://oldtatmag.bigcartel.com/category/issue-04-magazine

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There is also a fab behind the scenes video showing both of my willow pattern paper headdresses in use too.



If you like a fantastic arty fashion magazine, go get it. I’d advise that you get cover 4 but I’m biased!


The London Illustration Fair

I’m thrilled to be one of this year’s selected artists at The London Illustration Fair. The event is happening this weekend (4th – 6th December) at the Barge House, Oxo Tower Wharf,  London SE1

Here’s one of the framed pieces I’ll be showing – a piece of handcut paper lettering, and some of the hand printed gift wrap too. I’ll be posting more pictures of products and my stand as the week carries on.


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Picture interview with Kollektiv Gallery

I was interviewed by Sophie Giblin the curator of Kollektiv Gallery. The proviso with their interviews is that all the answers have to be pictures. I did mine entirely in paper, you can see the piece here  http://www.kollektivgallery.com/artists/emma-russell/

and here’s a few images from it:

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Hell yeah!

Some paper cut lettering

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experiment with different colour background:

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This week I ‘ave mostly been making…

Here’s some of what I’ve been up to in the last 7 days:

Tony’s Funtime Sweaty Freak Party

The ever fantastic Tony Johnson has thrown a party in the woods. An illustrated party that is, look he can explain here:


My dancing helldog has gone along.  As with any werewolf in a social situation, all I can really do is keep my fingers crossed that not too many heads get ripped off and eaten.

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You can see some of the results on Twitter under the hashtag #TonysFuntimeFreakParty


Paper miniatures

Some work in progress for a picture interview with Kollectiv Gallery.

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Some snippets from drawings for corporate clients.

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#BAGSIE featured in Digital Arts and Design Week

Two new features about #BAGSIE.  The Digital Arts one is fun as this is the first time I’ve seen the photos of my #BAGSIE portrait:





Following on from the last blog post, here’s some more of the progress photos of the bagsie project with Soapbox & Sons and Jonathan Knowles.

The previous post showed work on a 2D version, but I then went to work on a 3D version.  As you can see in the process of making it my desk becomes more and more chaotic! The photo shoot with the finished article was yesterday. There are 10 artists taking part being photographed yesterday and today.  Have a search on Twitter for #BAGSIE and see the exciting behind the scenes pictures from Jenny Theolin and Emma Taylor.   I can’t wait to see the photographs. 

Here I’m modelling the head to make a series of nets to build the final product.   You can see the paper mache base that I made underneath (the half sphere) which acts as a framework for the whole thing.

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I removed these pieces and used them as templates to cut and score the coloured paper, then folded and glued them onto the hard paper mache base.

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Here’s the nearly completed head.  After this the long paper section at the top rolls back in on itself to make a curve.

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At this stage the bird is a sort of standalone mask!



Next was working the bird into the bag so it looks like it is busting out through the front.



My partner took some snaps the morning before I went for the photo shoot…  Still in my pjs (#^.^#)  Here you can see the paper bits of bag cut to make it look like the bird has explosively shoved her head through the bag.

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Paper cuts for sale

These little paper critters are now available on my Folksy and Etsy shops.


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