Emma Balder

Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Emma Balder is a New England-bred visual artist.

She received her BFA in Painting and Art History from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Emma was awarded a year long Staff Artist Residency Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center and has received recognition in publications such as Studio Visit Magazine, American Art Collector and Fresh Paint Magazine.

Emma Balder - PsychedelicBob

Emma Balder’s work displays maps of personal experiences within both real and imagined space and time. Intrigued by her abstruse and transcendental relationship to the landscape, Emma’s work addresses the everlasting mark that an experience within a place can leave on an individual. By combining personal and sometimes nostalgic materials (for example, pieces of old clothing, maps, thread) with acrylic paint, the effervescent energy of each piece leads the viewer through traces of her personal histories. While her artwork varies in medium, the documentation of the process is where Emma’s interest rests.



Emma Balder - SpinningThe Pinglet project documents a process of regenerating Emma’s work. This project began with the physical deconstruction of one painting. The disjuncture of parts were then rearranged and reconstructed with needle and thread to form each Pinglet. She has cleverly married her skills in Fine Art and portrayed it in this new medium (to her) of Textiles.

In the above piece ‘Pinglet 3’ she has used mixed media along with acrylics, so getting her painting skills in there 😉

View more of Emma Balder’s work at her website.

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