thread 2017: q&a with batik tutor Emma Hobbs

thread 2017: q&a with batik tutor Emma Hobbs

From 8th September – 6th October Emma Hobbs will be exhibiting in the Farnham Maltings Riverside Café.  As if the excitement of her exhibiting here wasn’t enough, we are also fortunate to be welcoming Emma to thread festival on Saturday 30th September.  Emma is running an Introduction to the Art of Batik workshop.  Don’t miss it!  With so much going on we were delighted to have the opportunity to sit down and chat to Emma….bottles


What are you working on at the moment and where do you find ideas for your work?

This particular body of work explores Still Life. I particularly interested in Morandi inspired simplistic ceramic grouped forms that, through overlaying, create more complex compositions. The play of colour on colour and exploration of surface is a source of constant inspiration to me.


What medium do you use in your practice and why?

My work sits between Fine Art and Textile practice. I love the freedom that working across, and not exclusively in any one area. I have a love of materials and process, more recently finding hand stitch over print as a way of expressing my ideas.

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What motivates you to make work, who do you believe has influenced your career and inspired you to start?

I am motivated by a love of what I do. Balancing my role as Head of Art at Woking College, being a Mum of three and finding time for my own creativity is so important to me. My biggest inspiration was my late Granny, Mrytle. She taught me how to knit, crochet and sew from an early age, a passion that has stayed with me.


If you could name one, what is your favourite piece of work you have created, and why?

I am particularly excited by the series of silk screen printed and stitched fabric pieces, and the more recent collection of abstract stitched panels, this is definitely a direction that I would like to explore further.


If you can name one, what is your proudest achievement?

Three, my beautiful children.


We are delighted to have you tutor at thread 2017. You are teaching a batik class and drawing with stitch. Can you tell us a little more about batik as an art form and what attracts you to the form as a textile artist and tutor?

I am delighted to be a tutor at Thread! Batik is a wonderful way of exploring mark making and building beautiful, layered, rich colour on the surface of both fabric and cloth. By drawing with the heated wax you are able to create a resit, trapping layers of the dyed surface and once complete, the wax can be ironed out to create stunning painterly batik samples.


What are you looking forward to most about thread?

I am really looking forward to meeting the participants in my workshops, it is always a delight to meet others passionate about textiles, and to see what amazing work that they produce.



thread…a festival of textiles takes place on Saturday 30 September 2017 from 9am to 6pm. For £5 advance tickets click here. A day ticket includes access to the marketplace, talk programme and exhibitions.  To book a place on Emma’s Introduction to the Art of Batik workshop click here.  A workshop ticket includes day entry to the festival.

About thread: Spend the day celebrating textiles at thread! Browse the curated marketplace for artisan fabrics and haberdashery to purchase for your own textile projects or buy from artists and makers showcasing their own unique handcrafted work. Join in with the programme of talks, exhibitions and demonstrations from professionals or sign up to one of the bookable workshops. Following its success in 2016, thread will once again be exploring the social and ethical aspects of textiles through activities. Join our community of textile enthusiasts for a sociable and inspiring day out.  A full listing of marketplace exhibitors, the talk programme  and additional information is available at and follow us on Twitter Facebook and Instagram for news and programme updates.


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