Emily J. Porter



As a Brooklyn-based Artist with a background in apparel samplemaking and costume building, I’m interested in exploring those things that connect us communally, whether it is a space, structure or visual statements. Embracing handicraft that is traditionally performed by women and historically undervalued, such as stitching and embroidery, is vital to me as a Feminist. Handicraft is important as an identifier to every culture, but is mostly invisible in our Capitalist value system and digital world. Using these traditional techniques is part of my resistance to their devaluation and to the exploitation and dehumanization of women and makers that are characteristic of consumer Capitalism. Women’s handicraft is also typically a communal experience, and therefore can be a rich opportunity to build community.