Emma Whitehead Art


For as long as I can remember, the story of the objects and material we surround ourselves with has fascinated me. I work with the worn, the used, the discarded and the broken to illustrate the journey of personal artefacts as they travel from usefulness to inevitable redundancy and then resonate personal stories in new work.


Emma Whitehead is a textile artist, designer & teacher from County Down, Northern Ireland. She transforms fibre, recycled textiles and found objects to explore the transitory nature of our personal histories and memories. She uses maps, paper ephemera and mementoes in conjunction with hand-dyed material and yarns to create totems that reflect the connections people have with each other and their geography, the journeys during their life, and how they mark significant events.

Primarily a surface embroiderer, most of Emma’s work is created using a needle and thread, hand sewing being one of the oldest, simplest, and truly transformative mobile technologies still in use today.

She is co-director of the artist-led gallery Top Floor Art Gallery & Open Studios and runs the TFA Studio Group. In 2019 she received the IDA Award from the University of Atypical to research & develop new ways of working adapted to disability.


Top Floor Art Gallery & Open Studios

92 Main Street,


County Down,


Opening Hours

Emma is in her open studio at Top Floor Art Wednesday and Saturday 11 am – 5 pm. She is happy to arrange different times and days by appointment via info@topfloorart.co.uk

Where to Buy My Work

Top Floor Art Gallery

  • Commissions / Workshops / Private bookings
I accept commissions to suit a range of budgets. I also offer workshops, textile consultancy, and a range of packs, kits and digital resources to encourage your own creativity.

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