Sunday, 5 December 2010

Really did get stuck in the snow..

A big sorry to anyone who was expecting to see me and the orphans at The Assembly Room, Brighton. In the end the weather just made traveling too difficult.

If you were hoping to bag an orphan, here are several in this online shop, also at The Shop Floor Project  and of course the Saltburn Artists Project (see earlier post)

I've heard the event was a great success and there are plans afoot for a similar event in the Spring...

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Lino cut card

A new Charity Shop Orphans Card is available. The special Christmas edition is hand printed and will be at The Assembly Room on the 4th in limited numbers. Copyright E Harding 2010.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Orphans in - Off The Shelf Exhibition

"Showcasing an amazing range of artworks including painting, glassware, ceramics, artists’ books, jewellery, printmaking, textiles and photography created by over sixty artists."

Several Charity Shop Orphans are in this exhibition.

Exhibition runs from: 27th November 2010 – 9th January 2011.
Gallery opening times: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 noon – 4pm.

30-32 Marske Road
TS12 1QG

T: 01287 62 60 60

Monday, 22 November 2010

Charity Shop Orphans at The Assembly Room

I will be at The Assembly Room, Brighton’s new art / design market, with Charity Shop Orphans and memorabilia plus other Haybox illustration gifts and cards.  It will launch on 4th December 2010. 

Brighton based designers Ridley / Dowse will assemble carefully selected local and national contemporary artists, print makers, designer/makers, illustrators and crafts people to create a one of a kind market just in time for Christmas. You will find fresh directional and contemporary products, gifts and art work all under one beautiful roof.

The Assembly room will offer something a little different to the usual craft market or fair. Put the date in your diary. Please share this event with all your friends and help make it a huge success for all involved.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Charity Shop Orphans Booklet at De La Warr

More Charity Shop Orphans books have gone on sale in the bookshop one of my favourite places in England, the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill On Sea, East Sussex.

Built right on the sea front in 1935 the pavilion itself is stunning. I love sitting with a coffee and my notebooks on the second floor cafe balcony. The current exhibition of American photography is a really interesting mix of places and portraits, historical and contemporary.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Christmas Emporium

Charity Shop Orphans are on Fuzzywork's Christmas Emporium! 
"A real Pressie alternative to pants, soap and hankies"

To take a peek click here       Christmas Emporium


Charity Shop Orphans have been lovingly installed in a new shop in Oxford, England.

The Shop is the new exciting venture of Sally and Dave of To Dry For fame and looks fantastic. I'm a huge fan of their tea towels (it's not often you can say that) and was so pleased to be asked to be part of Comma.

Check out the pics on their blog Here

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Monday, 13 September 2010

Palace Art Fair

I will be exhibiting at this year's Palace Art Fair and will be showing some Charity Shop Orphans. Most excitingly I have A1 limited editions screen prints of the Moretti family. I am on stand 40 with print maker and good friend Robert Clarke.

The show takes place on Friday 8 / Saturday 9 / Sunday 10 at Fulham Palace, Bishop's Avenue, London. Palace Art Fair website for further information, maps etc.

Bubbles & Marg Black

Copyright Emma Harding 2010

Monday, 9 August 2010

Adoption Certificate

It is possible to adopt an orphan and re-love them as a contemporary mantelpiece ornament. If you do buy an orphan and take it home you will now receive a personalized certificate.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Will you look at these!

Isn't it great.. my genius brother made me two identical displays for the Orphan's last Saturday (on his day off).. and there was still time enough for us to watch the live coverage of Le Tour De France and have a BBQ - fantastic.

They're a mere trifle to what he normally makes.. stairs / barns / kitchens...

Friday, 16 July 2010

Etsy Interview

I recently did an interview for Etsy. The interviewer Amity asked such great questions it was a real pleasure. Here's a little bit below.. click on this link to read the whole interview

Tell us a wee bit about yourself (location, affiliations etc).

I live and work in London England, which is where I’m originally from, although I grew up in the lovely rolling Kent countryside. I studied illustration at what is now Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and ended up at Central Saint Martins College with an MA. Since then I’ve done freelance illustration, some lecturing in a few different UK art colleges, now I’m more focused on exhibiting my own work.

Give us a brief overview of what you're doing with Charity Shop Orphans.

I had a growing collection of animal ornaments, which I’d bought from charity shops that were gradually filling up my flat. In 2004 I started painting, naming and giving each one a new set of characteristics, which attached them to a family such as the Parmigiani's, Horne's or Moretti's... Currently there are almost 200 individual Charity Shop Orphans belonging to over 25 different families.

It's such a great concept for a project, what led you there?

I’m sure it all stems back to childhood. I absolutely loved animal ornaments and always made big elaborate displays on a shared dressing table (my poor sister). Nowadays, even though I’m really drawn to the ornaments, my aesthetic taste is entirely different, which goes some way to explaining how they look but the family naming and grouping is perhaps to do with the fact that they are in the charity shop and no longer wanted, which appeals to my outsiderish nature..

I love that there are several families of orphans in the ongoing collection, is this tied in with themes of family and connectedness?

Yes. I’ve been in many a charity shop and caught somebody’s eye sighing and awwing at a little wide-eyed ceramic creature sat on a lonely shelf with a 50p price sticker. A lot of these ornaments are designed to be very emotive and in the charity shop situation, where they’re no longer wanted, they are certainly in need of belonging. I’m definitely having fun with the concept of family, putting together unlikely combinations such as bear, cat and seahorse! For me it creates a sense of story.

What else inspires you when you sit down with a new orphan?

I was asked this question not long ago and came to the conclusion that it’s the creative process itself that inspires me - I get a thrill out of the complexities, warts and all. More specifically with the orphans, it’s the transformation process of a nostalgic object into one that’s more contemporary. Names come from all over the place, from my favourite film directors to people I know, or just in response to a particular ornament orphan.


Pat & Una Thorpe


Tinabelle Rand


Don Katz


Patricia Fellini


I've had several giclee prints made. As my background is illustration I thought I'd make some illustrations!

I've managed to find a fantastic printer who never fails to get amazing quality and superb colour so I'm really happy. The print above is the very first Charity Shop Orphan family the Parmigiani's. It will soon be available, along with others, in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, 15 July 2010


Eight different orphans on postcards!

Charity Shop Orphan Memorabilia

It's seven years ago since I started the Charity Shop Orphans project... and I've been making memorabilia to celebrate. There is a collection of photo postcards containing eight different families, illustrated prints of orphans - Andrew Cheever, Patricia Fellini to name but two, t-shirts and a set of lapel pins. I'll be posting them all here and they'll all be in my Etsy page very soon so please watch this space for details / links...

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Enid & Paul Found!

Copyright Emma Harding 2010.

I'm so happy that Enid Black and Paul Rand have been returned safe and sound to the gallery from where they were taken.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Charity Shop Orphans Stolen!

Two of our orphans are missing! I was really shocked to hear that two of my Charity Shop Orphans - specifically Enid Black and Paul Rand - had been stolen from a gallery in Kent. I've never had a piece of art stolen before and I feel very disappointed and sad that someone would do that... if you see a small white cat or orange spaniel in the shapes outlined above please get in touch!

Thursday, 6 May 2010

More pages from the book...

We're chuffed to bits with the book... it's already doing well!
Copyright Emma Harding 2010

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

The Book is here

We are thrilled to introduce the first official publication...

A thirty six page fully illustrated colour A5 booklet with lavish pictures. The book is arranged to show whole families of orphans with their new names and colours and a peek at how they looked before their transformation..

Price: £6 and can be purchased here

Into The Woods :: Artist Open House

A am showing Charity Shop Orphans and painting this May at Into The Woods as part of Brighton Artists Open House event

...on the mantelpiece at
4a Florence Road

For the first 4 weekends in May 2010
Saturday & Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Kaleidoscope Exhibition :: Kalos

I will be exhibiting several Charity Shop Orphans in this exhibition...

In 2010 the Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery hosts a series of exhibitions reflecting on the venue’s name – Kalos (Beauty), Eidos (Form) and Scopos (The Watcher).

Kalos is the first in this series of exhibitions, exploring the place of ‘beauty’ in contemporary art. Artists from across Kent were invited to submit works that address beauty, aspire to be beautiful, comment on the pursuit of beauty, or consider the notion of beauty.

Exhibiting artists: Alexander MacKenzie, Anette Bjorholm, Anthony Heywood, Bradley Starkey, Dawn Badland, Emma Harding, Gemma Fairhead, Katy Norton, Lyndsay Connors, Marinda Hudson, Niki Campbell and Nikitas Almpanis.

The exhibition is free to visitors and runs from April 16th – June 3rd

The gallery sits alongside the library and museum within the Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope building. The Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery is run by Kent County Council to show new work from established and emerging Kent artists. Supported by Arts Council England.

Buckhurst Lane, Sevenoaks, TN13 1LQ

Friday, 19 March 2010

Linda Lind...

Duck on the dunes is now Linda, a member of the Lind family.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

We're Going To Have A Book...

We're very excited as we're putting together a lovely illustrated book about the orphans. If all goes to plan the book will be out in May... it won't be really expensive either so everyone can enjoy! I'll keep you posted here.
E x

The Jealous Curator

I love this blog The Jealous Curator... really full of wonderful work! So it was smashing when they were jealous of the Charity Shop Orphans...

Frankie Magazine

The Australian Magazine Frankie about "fashion, art, craft, music, creative people, homewares and good times." featured Charity Shop Orphans on their blog. Thanks Frankie!

Friday, 26 February 2010

New Lamb

New little lamb arrived.
Copyright Emma Harding 2010.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010