About The Artist
Emily Ridings • Lexington, KY
Basketry • WHOLESALE AVAILABLE • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
Emily Ridings is a designer and artist. Her work explores unconventional applications of traditional craft, manifesting in basketry and clothing. Each piece is a celebration of process led by intuition, innovation, and play. Pieces are formed from found and surplus materials to honor sustainable production and the beauty of transformation. There is a narrative throughout every piece, fusing past with present and skill with curiosity.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
My process is very organic and instinctual; it works best for me to go in with a simple framework (maybe an overall shape or pattern in mind), then let my hands lead the way. The design is largely determined by the needs of the piece; patterns that are visually pleasing are often also functioning to form the shape. I used to have a simpler approach with color, but now I love playing with stains to add dimension.