GEM ECO STUDIO
Grace Emily Manning
GEM Eco Studio creates naturally dyed textiles and sculptural work for Site-Specific, Set Design and Community Art projects using found objects and foraged natural materials.
Telling stories through fantasy objects crafted from waste and handmade bio-based materials. GEM Eco Studio specialises in plant dyes, articulated puppets and nature replicas.
Dedicated to finding new eco-friendly, sustainable, non-toxic, cruelty free alternatives to all materials and making practices.
Grace Emily Manning b.1992 is an artist, maker and world-builder with an environmentally driven practice encompassing sculpture, textile, animation, drawing, painting, performance, writing and experimental storytelling.
She holds an MA in Experimental Animation from the Royal College of Art and a BA in Performance Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design; conjuring expansive site-specific projects enriched with research into landscape’s ecologies, history and folklore. Moving from fieldwork to fantasy, she crafts her worlds with a unique tactility and moves fluidly through media.
Grace has created work for Glastonbury Festival, The Royal Opera House, Disney + and Channel 4 productions.
Her work in response to the climate crisis was showcased at the Victoria and Albert Museum for the London Design Festival 2021. Grace has worked as an eco-sensitive materials advisor, commissioned onto projects for galleries such as Kettles Yard in Cambridge.
In 2016 Grace was awarded the Sally Goldsworthy Bursary Award from Discover Children's Story Centre for her work in close collaboration with author Sita Brahmachari and inspiring socially engaged projects. Allowing Grace, a working class artist from suburban North Kent, to have a studio for the first time.
Grace is now co-founder and director of Terra Attune CIC. Facilitating community projects with conservation at their heart, devising workshops in collaboration with other environmentally driven community interest companies across the UK such as Beach Guardian CIC in North Cornwall.
All work and images © Grace Emily Manning 2022