MY STORY - In the studio with Sophie SOPHIE'S EMPORIUM
Welcome to my art studio Sophie's emporium. Art for me encapsulates so many things; it’s a mechanism for escaping the world and chaos around us, paintings can take us to new places- whilst providing us with the opportunity to decorate our spaces expressing ourselves and our personality .
Sophie's emporium includes Art to enhance your home, from mixed media painting through to delicate mixed media textile collage, something creative and different as a gift for you, your home or a friend.
Art has always been an integral part of my life and the joy of creating things has been a passion from an early age through to my arts degree, many years of teaching and my own practice as an artist. The concept of being 'creatively different' where original art becomes a lifestyle concept, where you can find something far away from mass manufacture and production. Art should be an expression of oneself, quality, peace, harmony, individuality and style.
After completing a BA Hons in Textile Design, I progressed to specializing in embroidered sculptural textiles, fashion, interiors and painting. I have been teaching in schools and colleges across the North West of England for twenty plus years. This covers Art, Textiles, and Photography. I very much enjoy the teaching aspects coupled with the opportunity to expand creatively. This is something which runs simultaneously with my own practice. I exhibit regularly in various galleries and you can find my diffusion gift ware at various selected stockists. I enjoy exploring a range of media and techniques I have a passion for mixed media textiles, collage, interiors, dressmaking and beautiful things put simply....
*Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.* William Morris.
I hope you find something for you which is both here. Sophie x
Reject mass production - embrace individuality.
"Art is about aesthetics- you cannot separate this - no matter what the concept of the work is, there is always a visual return to this. For me it's about beauty and escapism, art allows our senses to travel without physically moving"
"I make figurative abstraction mixed media works; where the surface and composition collide to tell a story" Sophie Hardisty
Besides her studio work Sophie teaches a range of disciplines of Art and Design, provides Art tutor training in conjunction with Liverpool John Moores University Art PGCE, curates online exhibitions and events, delivers specialist workshops and events. She also has a diffusion giftware range working with other selected independent stockists. Sophie's art practice and creativity inspires students, with her years of teaching experience she offers guidence and support to students as they progress to become independent artists. ARTIST STATEMENT