About

Hi, I'm Emma, the artist behind Wilful Ink.
I was told by my father at a young age that I was a very wilful girl indeed. He was right. 

I create maximalist wallpaper and homewares that celebrate all that is weird and wonderful in nature.
A particular focus of mine is on animals or plants that you may not have seen before, or those darker moments in the natural world.
I like to recreate the feeling of Victorian explorers on adventures, when the world was still new and mysterious.

All designs use my hand drawn illustrations.
I scraped through my art GCSE with a 'C' and spectacularly failed A Level art.
My school art teacher never liked me and my college teacher said my art was very 'flat'.
For a while, I put art aside to get on with more sensible things. Eventually however art sneaked back into my life. I pushed through my own self doubt and discomfort to persevere and discover my own unique style. 
I use a mix of the most vibrant ink and watercolours I can find, to make my designs as vivid and striking as possible. 
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It is important to me to tread lightly on the earth and be fair to everyone in the supply chain.
Every product is made in the UK and sweatshops are never used.
I am constantly looking for ways to make the company more environmentally friendly from using biodegradable card sleeves to the materials I use in my products. 

I am dedicated to making a difference with my art wherever I can. I do this by supporting charities such as the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Rainforest Trust.  I donate a percentage of profits from certain designs to these important organisations.  Please do take a look at these wonderful charities. 

I live with my husband and children just outside Brighton with our 2 cats and many insect friends. 
I regularly escape to my secret cabin in the garden to illustrate more eerie creatures.