I’ve been honoured to have shared and traded with Emily in the past couple years. I hope you find some awesome inspiration in what Emily shares with you today.
Thanks everyone for reading. xo!
-Tell me what you do, who you are, and the area you are located:
My name is Emily Jull, aka nesting.emily. I am a potter and fibre fan. I am located an hour outside Toronto, Ontario, in a city called Waterloo.
-What lights your creative fire?
Really random things. Nature and other creative folks top the list. A trip to the thrift store or library leaves me with endless inspirations. Right now I am very inspired by vintage lace, raw surfaces, animal totems, bee’s wax and the magical bees who create it. I am also excited by how line and light in nature are always loose but perfect.
-Do you collect/hoard anything?
I am more of a minimalist. I love a few great pieces rather then a lot. However I do collect white pottery, teabowls and I love to buy/trade for original art. I tend to hoard things I will use in my pots- coloured glass, keys, doilies, wool roving. I am picky about these though.
-List some of the things that make you happy:
objects? Pods, nests, great pottery, beautiful old wood, items made by those I love, simple organic art (especially fibre or hand printed). Oh and good coffee chocolate anything!
sounds? Music is very important to me. I listed to it when I pot and it really helps dictate the pots I’ll be making. Right now I am loving Sea Wolf, Laura Marling and New Buffalo. My daughter is constantly finding new music for me. The music I listened to as a teen is still a must: The English Beat, Echo & the Bunnymen and The Clash. I also love the stuff I grew up on Allman Bothers, JJ Cale and above all Stevie Wonder. Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder is the most joyful important album of all time to me- it has been my fav since I was 4.
The other sounds I love are babies cooing, sandy voices on women, my daughter sleeping, a satisfied sigh and the soft roar of a happy wood kiln.
colours? I love certain shades of all colours. I love it better when they have organic variances, like you see if fibre work or a great glaze. Among my favs are varying shades of warm white, where raspberry and eggplant mix, mossy green, amber, that grey blue just before the sky gets really dark at night.
smells? Fresh brewed coffee, citrus, cedar, breast feed babies heads, Nag Champa (in small doses), wood smoke, chocolate, rain forest and my husband.
words? Luscious, organic, simple, worn, shamanistic, natural, sensual, raw….I like what these words bring to mind.
images?? My Flickr favourites: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nestingemily/favorites/
-There is an unbelievable amount of talent and inspiration on that site.
-What is one (or more) of your pet peeves? or do you have
Unfortunately I have many, most of which can be summed up by the phrase “mean people suck”.
-Describe your (almost) perfect day.
It would either start with sleeping in at home with my hubby or waking up early in a cottage somewhere really beautiful (west coast, east coast or Manitoulin Island). It would include potting (either firing with friends or throwing solo), yoga with my daughter, talks and trades with inspiring creative folks and a great dinner with my favourite people.
-Do you have a current project that is exciting you? Would you like to share a little bit of it?
I am working on a couple new things that I am excited about, a world in a jar pots and a sort of mobile-sun catcher combo. I will also be expanding my secret desires of animals collection.
Thank you so much for sharing with all of us Emily. It is a real treat to see the world you live in and the beautiful things you create!
Check out Emily’s flickr photostream by clicking on any of the photos above – or see what Emily has in her shop at nestingemily.etsy.com!