Emily Wright is a soulful and fluid being that creates visually inspiring and abstract embroidery pieces. Based in Manchester, UK, Salt Stitches was created for others to be inspired by the sea and nature’s natural textures. Her peaceful demeanor and calm spirit seems to go hand and hand with each of her pieces of work. The circular shape and vibrant colors paired with the flows of each piece seem to pull you into another reality. A reality that is all Emily’s. I recently had the privilege to interview her and learn all about Salt Stitches. Her story is beyond amazing and inspiring!
What’s the story behind Salt Stitches?
To be brutally honest, Salt Stitches was born out of a really low point in my life. I was struggling with some pretty severe mental health issues that peaked in October 2017 when I eventually had to quit my job. Stitching became a form of self-care (although I’m completely at a loss as to how the idea for the first hoop actually developed!). I started purely for myself, with no intention of selling any of my work, until I started gaining attention on social media and taking orders. My inspiration came from spending a lot of time by the sea in North Wales UK whilst I was ill, and photographing the incredible textures that were to form the basis of my work. I was gifted a few different colours of thread from a supportive friend, and the rest is history as they say!
What makes Salt Stitches unique?
My composition that stems from existing natural textures is quite niche, and unlike any embroidery work I have come across. My background is in photography so I approach emboridery from a different angle than most artists that are popular at the moment. I also use machine thread rather than thicker embroidery floss which gives my work an added level of detail. It’s more time consuming, but ultimately worth it.
Three words to describe Salt Stitches:
- Passion – I create my work as a form of self care, and stand by my promise that if I ever win the lottery, I’ll continue to stitch and give all of my pieces away for free!
- Community – I wholeheartedly believe in the community over competition ethos – we’re all in this together, and there’s room for everyone at the table!
- Inspiration – I believe that every single person is creative in their own way, even when they don’t realize it, and I hope that my story can inspire others to try something new – I had never stitched a single thing until February 2018!
What’s the smartest business decision you’ve made?
I’m not sure any of my business decisions have been too smart! It’s all a learning curve, but quitting my career in fashion has made me a much happier and healthier person. Do what you love as much as possible, it will change your life!
What has been your experience with failure and success?
I’ve probably had an 80/20 ratio of failure to success, but the successes definitely made it all worth it. I’ve learned that even when you think you’ve failed, it’s never ever as bad as it seems. There will always be people there to support you and offer advice, even if sometimes you have to go out and look for them. If you don’t have a tribe yet I’ll always be happy to offer anyone advice – I’ve learned to be a good problem solver.
Advice you would give to your younger self:
Don’t waste precious time on people that aren’t worthy of it. If you’re not getting anything positive out of a relationship, then wave goodbye! Sometimes this includes family, so stick to your guns!
“If the ocean can calm itself, so can you. We are both salt water mixed with air” – Nayyirah Waheed
What’s next for you?
I have absolutely no idea and that feels absolutely incredible. When I think about what has changed in the last 12 months, this time next year I could be a completely different person and that feels really liberating!
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