about the designer
In 2013, Emma Villedrouin and her family moved abroad from Washington D.C for a long term assignment, first to Brazil, to Tunisia in 2017 and in 2021, amid the Pandemic, to Vietnam.
The impact of this slow motion world tour on her work is clear. The colors and shapes have become increasingly exuberant and local influences seep into her visual lexicon.
Her production is small and special and her patrons respond to that.
A Japanese couple introduced her to the concept of wabi-sabi- which they recognized in her work. This aesthetic prizes beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete... including asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes." She carries that ideal with her each time she goes to her bench.