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Conversations with the Inspiring Emilie Luckett

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emilie Luckett.

Emilie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started by embroidery journey four and a half years ago when I was a senior in high school. I was one of those kids who wrote lyrics and quotes in my notebooks instead of notes. I also happened to be big into Tumblr, the blogging site, at the time. I saw other people embroidering song lyrics and thought “wow, that’s cool!” That weekend, I drove to Michael’s and got the materials and from there, it’s history! I am self-taught but picked up tips and tricks from the internet and from other artists. This side hustle started as a hobby and quickly turned into much more!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My journey has definitely not been smooth. Being an artist isn’t easy, and there are a lot of things you have to figure out on your own. How to price work, how to take commissions, independent contracts, etc. These were all the things I struggled with. Thankfully, the internet is a (mostly) helpful starting point, and you also get better at these things as you go along. A lot of it is just practice and experience. Also, make sure you surround yourself with people who are supportive of what you do and want to see you succeed.

I also have fallen into art blocks and have felt like I have needed to create for others instead of for myself. When something you do relies so heavily on the reaction of others, it’s hard to not attach your self worth to it. You will have really good days, but also really bad days. It’s important to remember that you do what you do because you love it. Yes, it is nice to be validated, but that can’t be a constant source of motivation.

Whatever you are struggling with, always remember you are capable of whatever you put your mind to. Accept that you will struggle, but as long as you are putting true effort and work into it, you will always succeed.

What should we know about Embroidery by Emilie? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a contemporary embroidery artist. My artwork focuses on the themes of nature, human experiences, an embodiment. Within that, I have a special interest in gender expression and explore the ideas of empowerment, emotions, and perception. I love work that is intricate and texture heavy and I like to balance that with simple forms. I would like to that is what I specialize in! I am known for my workshops around the Denver-Metro area that teach the basics of embroidery. On top of this, I also go to school full time and am getting my degree in art history, theory, and criticism. Whew!

Within my practice, I am most proud of my workshops. I aim to make them an accessible, welcoming, and safe environment for all. My biggest passion in life is teaching others and bringing people together, and my workshops make this possible. It is such a blessing to see people come in excited to learn something new and leave with something they created and a smile on their face!

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
I think those who identify as women are well positioned for absolutely anything. It can’t be denied that they have to work harder to reach success, and it is even more difficult for women of color, women from lower incomes, trans women, etc. While they may have to work harder, there is nothing woman-identifying individuals cannot accomplish. I don’t think they are well positioned for anything in particular, because I don’t think “women” as a whole can be any one thing/things. They can be everything and anything.

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Image Credit:
Curtis Tucker for the photo of myself

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