Me in my little studio with some of my designs. Photo by the wonderful  Emily Walen .

Me in my little studio with some of my designs. Photo by the wonderful Emily Walen.

 Part of my ever evolving inspiration wall in my studio. Photo by Emily Walen.

Part of my ever evolving inspiration wall in my studio. Photo by Emily Walen.

 Me in my tiny colorful studio. Photo by the wonderful Emily Walen.

Me in my tiny colorful studio. Photo by the wonderful Emily Walen.

 Me and two of my co-workers, Walter and Eddie! Photo by the wonderful  Emily Walen .

Me and two of my co-workers, Walter and Eddie! Photo by the wonderful Emily Walen.

 Me working in my studio. Photo by  Emily Walen .

Me working in my studio. Photo by Emily Walen.

 

  

Hello and welcome! I'm Emma Freeman, an artist, designer, and maker living and working in Saint Paul, Minnesota. 

I make beautiful, colorful things for people to use in their lives. You know when little kids get to dress themselves and pick out eclectic, unique outfits that are totally unexpected and playful but somehow work? I'm inspired by that spirit of creativity and self-expression. That's how I love to live.

When I was a kid, I thought that I wasn't an artist because I couldn't draw a perfect tree in art class. Up went a mental wall and I spent 30+ years trying to put the puzzle pieces of who I was together, restlessly searching for meaning in everything (I studied Philosophy in college, if that tells you anything!). I struggled with insecurities, depression, an eating disorder, and unhealthy compulsive behaviors for many years. After a winding road, I now fully embrace myself as an artist, thanks to the encouragement of people in my life. I can look back now and see so clearly that I have always been a really creative person, I just had a blind spot on that part of who I really was. I think we tell ourselves things that aren't true sometimes and they stand in our way of being happy and fulfilled. I want to share how fulfilling and therapeutic making art and being creative can be.  

I live with my wife, Kelly and our rescue dogs and cats in an old house in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I love drinking coffee out of a cute mug, wandering around thrift stores and finding beautiful treasures, listening to a lot of podcasts, soul music and Whitney Houston, talking about feelings with people and being silly. I grew up in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin in a wonderful, creative family. I love to travel and been to China, Guatemala, Thailand, Ireland, Wales, England, France, Mexico, Canada and all over the U.S. I want to go to Italy, Sweden, Norway, and Scotland next. I dream of wandering around and making art in each of those places!

I have a degree in Philosophy and Studio Art from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.