By emma harding, Oct 28 2020 03:56PM

Hello, I am showing original mixed media collage work at this year's AAF with Liberty Gallery.

Please see details below - Affordable Online Art Fair LINK to my work

Don't hesitate to get in touch with me or Patsy at Liberty Gallery if you'd like to know more about my work, or availability of works.

Emma x

By emma harding, May 10 2020 04:02PM

Hello, I hope you are well and doing okay in this insane situation we are all in.

Frankly, everything is a mess in the creative industries -- lots of things have had to come to a halt, people are struggling to make a living -- but it is heartening and not at all surprising to see how quickly the creative people get to work, set things up, support one another. It doesn't surprise me at all - our industry is built on the joy of problem solving. Adversity is built in. There's a solid foundation and belief, I've heard time and time again, that creativity heals and maintains the soul. Everything links up. Making art, music, stories is a very human thing to do. And it is good that on some level certain inequalities become challenged, that the livelihoods of artists shifts a little from the middlemen.

I've seen this happening with initiatives like Matthew Burrows Artist Support Pledge - @artistsupportchallenge where artists pledge to buy work when they have sold £1000 worth...

Another great initiative is the Paris Collage Collective weekly challenge @ParisCollageCollective where they select an image as a starting point for a theme. I have always made mixed media and collage work and as I found myself doing more during the lockdown I decided to take up the challenge.

It's been great, really enjoyable, and what was really nice is that Paris Collage Collective got in touch to ask whether they could interview me about my work. I was honoured, and they were really lovely - asking tough but fabulous questions - you can read what I had to say


My instagram link where I've been posting lots of mixed media and collage work, some for sale: @drawswithhand (please come and say hello, I'd love to see you there).

Thanks for reading. Stay safe and keep the magic of love and creativity alive (distance can be overcome!) E x

By emma harding, May 3 2019 06:00PM

@arrivingwheels - gradually uploading our collective works... and continuing this project with my friend and colleague @courtneyfox

I am a writer, writing a novel for which I have been awarded a Curtis Brown Creative Scholarship. It is a massive honour to be able to receive such amazing feedback and advice.

Once I have come out of shock, any day now, I'll be getting down to some serious writing. I cannot thank them enough.


I should say a bit more about the Curtis Brown HW Fisher Scholarship... because I am so proud and honoured to be awarded this amazing opportunity to develop my novel 'When I Love You I Am Sick'

- offbeat and emotional nonconformist, it is the story of Ingrid falling in love... (an' all that)

The award means so much. I do feel lucky because I almost didn't apply (I didn't think I stood a chance) but with ten minutes to spare I pressed send. Luckily.

Now the course is drawing to a close I can honestly say it has been an intense process with everything building towards huge amounts of work, yet to be done!

There have been so many highlights with our brilliant tutor Charlotte Mendelson, and fantastic visting speakers, as well as sharing work with a great bunch of fellow writers... but a very fun one did involve drink. A bubbly alcoholic reception with HW Fisher, supporters of the scholarship fund, which was a great opportunity to thank them in person and meet many interesting people (this is how great writers are: lucid wine conversations about genetics, what it's like to be Will Self's wife -- neither of us conversing had experience of this -- and a five second time travelling conversation with Kiare Ladner, a most brilliant writer. All perfectly memorable). I also talked accounting with Barry (must add, poor Barry. My experience with all forms of money is very limited. He was very patient).

Quite forgettable would be the photograph of me with the very nice gentlemen Barry and Andrew from HW Fisher. Honestly, I am much taller than 3'2", that top I'm wearing does not look like a nightie in real life, and my neck does at times relax and appear to be made of normal unpleated skin (not that being short is in any way bad) I'm now sounding vain and cranky... but I am also not 100 years old. One minute I was going for demure the next I was laughing at something funny and click. I am obviously vain and cranky. Those books behind us are all first editions, look at them.

As a treat I have bought myself a new pen. And I have added a photo of what goes on inside one of my drawers.

Emma x

(I have an illness called Neverending Edit)

By emma harding, Oct 30 2018 09:46PM

I am in love with the collected short stories of Vladimir Nabokov.

The Reunion is about two brothers, Lev and Serafim, who meet after ten years yet cannot address the real issue of their separation. They talk around the houses avoiding the fundamental divide; the extreme politics of their motherland and their very different allegiances.

At one point Serafim seems to allegorize their situation and missed opportunity perfectly: Before a magnetic field is formed... "There exists a so-called electric field. Its lines of force are situated in planes that pass through a so-called vibrator. Note that, according to Farraday's teachings, a magnetic line appears as a closed circle, while an electric one is always open."

Magnetic attraction. Electrically shorted.

By emma harding, Oct 9 2018 08:20AM

The Race of the Patient Motorcyclists

"In this race, it is not the swiftest who wins, but the slowest. At first it would seem easy to be the slowest of the motorcyclists, but it is not easy, because it is not in the temperament of a motorcyclist to be slow or patient."

Another of my illustrations for a short story by Lydia Davis. From the book: The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis.

By emma harding, Oct 5 2018 05:51AM

Lydia Davis is one of my favourite short story writers. The worlds she creates are so paradoxical; small yet expansive and always facing inwards in several directions. They have a certain shock value of being human in a strange and difficult to fathom existence. My sort of thing.

This illustration is one of several I'm working on. The story is called City Employment and captures a moment of bizarre clarity about what is happening. Like a lot of Lydia Davis short stories this one is perplexed by the madness of control, and how the city can seem isolating, yet in so few words manages to embody what it is to be absolutely sane.

These are new images for my portfolio.

Lydia Davis works I have read:

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis - sheer genius, mesmeric story telling with eye splitting subtle humour.

The End of the Story - a novel - I believe this is her only novel. Hard to describe how good this book is because I have only read it once and it will need more readings, but it sort of folds in on itself at the end, like all along she has been showing you something very important and overlooked and there it is (I did say it was hard to describe). It is a deeply insightful and psychologically enlightened book. Not escapism... no Killing Eve action here but hugely powerful writing about attachment, love, folly.

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