E is for Emily Sutton

23 December 2011
Ben Pentreath

If you follow me on Twitter (and if you don’t, which I would entirely understand, but might like to, you can here) you will have noticed that I’ve been particularly excited in the last couple of days about the beautiful St. Judes production of Random Spectacular – a truly beautiful, and fascinating, thing. I’m afraid all copies of No. 1 have sold out (within 48 hours) but may I recommend you sign up now so that you know when the next Spectacular will arrive?


Well, amongst many spectacular pages I think my favourites are the ones which follow: Tuscan Town Scenes, by Emily Sutton. Incredible, no?


I first came across Emily’s work this summer, and her lovely printed fabric, Curiosity Shop, for St. Judes. 

But Random Spectacular prompted me to have a better look at her work. A small and beautiful selection from her website:

Some of these remind me very much of the Sicilian shop signs I photographed in the summer. And we can’t get enough of those.

This last print is from her ongoing Alphabet series. I rather think we have a new Edward Bawden. And that E is not for Elephant, but it is for Emily Sutton. Hooray!

3 comments on this post

I’m rather late to comment, but just found this post. You have a terrific blog with a capital “T”, and I think Emily Sutton’s work is as exceptional as you do…maybe even more so. Edward Bawden was a wonderful artist and a landmark for British art, but I like Emily Sutton’s color sense even better. Thanks for a great revelation!

Incredible work! I love the Borsalino shop illustration…she really captures the essence of it!

And I remember (and loved) your Sicilian sign post post, and it has become my obsession while I’m here to search out amazing signs and photograph…I’ll have to send them to you someday!


Emily Sutton did the most beautiful fabric sculptures of garden birds… sold out before I could count to ten. I hope she will do more of that one day… I’ve been lucky enough to be able to order the first issue of Random Spectacular and I hope to find it in my mailbox when I go back to Paris after Christmas.

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