Each original contains layers of detailing- mainly in the form of the papers used to create the work. Some works use small pieces of string or paper to make a certain element pop- while others are added to by a splash or two of spray paint to add a tinge of hue or texture.
Once originals are completed they are scanned by Terry at Artist's Resource Group in NE Minneapolis. Terry’s ever-improving technology has paved the way for textured reproductions and offers perfect color and detail mirroring. Currently EmLavArt's work is available as originals, flat canvas reproductions on gallery wrapped hand-cut bars (with amazing detail and clarity), or as limited-edition archival reproductions.
World Map- 'Save the Animals' is made out of recycled and donated children's books. The animals are all hand-cut and placed according to the region you'd find them in.
The ocean was created by layering pages of a book about fish with shreds of a fibrous fine paper. On top of this Emily adds swirls of tissue paper to create dimension and texture.
In the St. Paul Skyline the river started with a few sheets of blue paper. Rocks and tissue paper were added to look like waves.
Blue tissue paper was then added over the textured river to smooth the surface out slightly.
'All are Welcome Here' is the most dimensional piece to date. The buildings are stacked with cardboard in between to add space and depth.
In the Chicago World's Fair poster the lettering is cut by hand. Shown here is the first attempt at the phrase "A Century of Progress." This later turned to cursive writing.
In her Minneapolis Skyline, the boaters were cut to represent non-motorized options. The reeds along the water's edge were also cut by hand, but were later mostly covered up.
Splashes of spray paint tend to be a signature final touch. To add spray paint to certain areas, Emily uses tracing paper to cover the rest to the piece.
Tiny gold beads are placed in Aruba to create the textured sand. This process alone took almost two hours to complete.
In 'I'm Thirsty Already' the reflection on the bar was accomplished by painting on tracing paper. Since the paper was slightly transparent, some of the details underneath can still be seen.
Twisted yarn and string also are used in almost every original. String helps with edging and coiled paper or yarn can add dramatic dimension.