Emily is a self taught collage artist, residing in Minneapolis, MN. Emily’s high-density collage style incorporates layers of recycled paper with string, found objects, beads, stickers, paint...and lots of glue. Each EmLavArt original is uniquely three-dimensional and takes anywhere from 40 to 140 hours to complete.
Emily graduated from UW-Madison in 2007 with a Major in Communications. She spent four years in the travel industry and three with non-profits. While working as an Employment Specialist helping adults with disabilities find gainful employment- Emily realized that although she loved helping others follow their passions, she wasn’t yet truly following her own.
In 2014 Emily took her card-making skills to the next level and officially launched her small business EmLavArt. She quickly started inspiring other young artists in Minneapolis who dream of making something out of anything and everything. Emily uses a freestyle paper-cutting technique, never really knowing what the finished product will look like until the last bead is placed. Each original takes many hours and is dimensional with dozens of layers of individually cut pieces of paper. Materials come from second-hand children's books, recycled magazines and fine paper. High quality scans allow for a very textured feel in the reproductions as well.
Emily continues to work full time for Hammer Residences, a group home provider in Wayzata, MN and hopes to one day use EmLavArt to draw attention to the disability field and the areas of improvement it so badly needs. Until then, Emily creates easily accessible and enjoyable art that asks the viewer to stop and look at the details. She shows in Minnesota and surrounding areas and is also available on Instagram and Facebook @EmLavArt.
Huge thanks to friends and family, without whom this would not be possible.