❤ About

Emily Taylor is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design University and currently resides and works in Toronto as a freelance illustrator. Although living in the concrete jungle has its advantages, there are days where she’d prefer to spend time exploring and sketching real forests than the green roof garden across the street. 

As a child Emily found both food toys and grocery stores obsessively fascinating and to this day food remains playing a reoccurring role in her work. Early in life she was also introduced to pastimes like beach combing and rock collecting and from there stemmed a deep love for natural surroundings, and a great inspiration for the small ecological wonders often overlooked; from discarded bird’s feathers to the frilled edges of forest fungi. 

Her passion for ‘befriending’ neglected antiques and flea market finds, whether it be fabrics or dishes or lead type trays, is reflected in her illustrations. Her imaginative way of appreciating them once again is contemporary and fresh while still sustaining a vintage tone to her colours, patterns and textures.

As well as illustrating, for years Emily has honed interests in jewelry design, sewing, and embroidery, as well dabbling in minor ornithology and botany. Recently she has been exploring ways to integrate these hobbies further into her work and looks forward to the many ways she can incorporate her illustration into surface design and illustrated housewares.

Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) 2012
BDes, Major in Illustration

Project 31 Illustration Faculty Scholarship 2011
Rodney Dunn Memorial Scholarship 2009 
NSCAD's Harrison McCain Scholarship 2008

Toronto Indie Arts Market, The Gladstone Hotel, April 13th 2013
IRQ 10 Year Event, The Gladstone, Toronto, March 2013
XPACE 3rd Annual Zine Fair, Toronto, November 2012
Ms. Jaded, Transit Space, Toronto, November 2012
Canzine, Toronto, 2012
FANZINES! Festival, Marguerite Duras Public Library, Paris, France, October 2012
Going Gaga with Dada, Brenda May Gallery, Waterloo, Australia, Aug-Sept 2012
Bloorcourt Arts & Crafts Fair, Toronto, 2012
Down the Rabbit Hole, Steam Whistle Gallery, Toronto, 2012
97th Annual OCAD U Graduate Exhibition, Toronto, 2012
OCAD U Retrospective Show, Toronto, 2012
OCAD U 11th Annual Art of the Figure Show, Toronto, 2012
Paint Rocks, OCAD U, Toronto, 2012
OCAD U 4th annual Zine Fair, Toronto, 2012
Ethereal Existence, Gladstone Gallery, Toronto, 2012
Canzine, Toronto, 2011
Whodunit, Toronto, 2011
OCAD Retrospective Show, Toronto, 2011

Pattern Observer blog - screen printed sticker feature, 2012
Context Magazine - illustration thesis spotlight, 2012
Swallow Food - 97th Annual OCAD University Graduate Exhibition, 2012
Piccsy, Toronto Creatives - 30 OCAD 2012 Graduates from Toronto You Should Know About, 2012
FREE COMICS newspaper published by Melissa Luk, 2012
Cadmium Magazine, volume 3 number 3, 2012
Toronto Laser Services - artist profile, 2012
Broken Pencil - zinester profile, 2011
The Fashion Press - illustrator profile, 2011
A La Mode [adj: fusion of effects] - illustration feature, 2010

Store Representation
OCAD Student Gallery (Toronto)
Katharine Mulherin Gallery Store (Toronto)

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