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Studio Artist

Surrounded by a constant supply of flotsam as a source of materials for her artworks and oceans of inspiration, studio artist and owner of The Big Barge Art Centre, Emma Washer cannot be more at home. Growing up on the islands and passionate about art and community art practice Emma is committed to the running of the centre and it’s development as a vibrant arts space.

Washer’s inspiration for her works stem from the natural beauty of the islands. Its natural patterns and formations, colours, marine creatures and sometimes its quirky remote island life. Flotsam that has travelled across the oceans from far away lands and washed up onto the islands shorelines is used in a number of original and imaginative ways. Creating highly textured and colourful mixed media works, stretched screen prints, canvases, jewellery and more.

Washers latest collection of works include 100% recycled thong jewellery, mixed media humphead maori wrasse, funky sweetlip stretched screen prints, photo artblocks and new works that are made of thousands of thongs cut up into squares and reworked to create images portraying local natural patterns. These works are all available for sale through the gallery. 

Studio Artist Gallery
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Artblocks

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Blue Holes

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Blue Lagoon

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Funky Sweetlips (20 x 40)

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Funky Sweetlips (30 x 40)

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Funky Sweetlips Cushion

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Humphead Maori Wrasse

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Seahorse

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Tree of Life

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Wahoo

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Wave & Gull

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