I'm Emily. I've been a designer and illustrator for about 20 years. My focus is on surface design — making patterns that are applied to products for the children's, home decor, stationery, apparel, gift and textile markets. My designs have appeared on cloth diapers, plus sized pajamas, notebooks, gift bags and more. I love the collaborative nature of making commercial art, and the thrill of seeing a drawing start off in my sketchbook and end up on something functional, like a bag or piece of clothing.

I got my start in surface design after spending 10 years as a designer and art director in New York. I worked at Scholastic, collaborating with Disney, Manhattan Toy, Marvel and top children's illustrators on books, editorial projects and packaging design. 

I've always explored feminist and feminine themes in my work. I'm inspired by folk artists who are driven to make the world more beautiful, such as Grandma Moses, Maud Lewis, Maria Primachenko and the many textile and decorative artists who were experts in color and craft, but whose names we don't know. 

WORK WITH ME: To commission or license artwork you can email me at To buy my patterns please contact my agent Michael Allison at Group Four Design Studio in New York,

TEACHING: I currently teach design at Seton Hall University. I also teach art workshops for teens and adults, and lead training sessions in Adobe software. You can see work by my students here or at my classroom archive:

HOME: When I'm not working I hang out with my family in Hopewell, New Jersey. And I field a lot of questions from my kids. Here are some of my favorites. 

“If a bumble bee farts, does it smell like honey?” 


"Can I stay home from school tomorrow? My eyebrow is loose."