“I’M NOT A GIRLY GIRL, EVEN THOUGH MY ART IS MOSTLY PASTEL, GLITTER AND GOLD – I LOVE HIP HOP, BEERS AND TOOLS TOO.”
Tell us a bit about yourself and your background
I’m Emilie, born in 1993 and I grew up in Odense, Denmark.
My father is American and I’ve spent every summer in California, up until I finally made the move to Los Angeles in 2015.
I’m now back in Copenhagen, working with Arkitekturministeriet Production Design as well as on my own projects. Besides my paper art, I do GIFs and graphic design.
How did you come up with the idea of making paper art?
I’ve always been very interested in arts and crafts, working with my hands and trying out new techniques. My persistency of learning new techniques keeps extending, and I’ve taught myself origami and crocheting by watching videos on Youtube.
Early on I had a love for decorations, and every birthday party I threw growing up was the talk of the town. My parents are both creative and they always went “all in” for my childhood birthdays. My grandparents in Los Angeles would ship boxes filled with party décor that wasn’t available in Denmark at the time.
The ideas of making paper art started years ago seeing decorations in Harrods, London. It occurred to me that this could actually be a job. I’ve done paper art for years now and I keep on finding new objects to glitter or put fringes on!
How would you describe the universe of Emilie Stanton?
Rainbow Glitter! My favourite colour is iridescent and I love everything that sparkles. But my GIFs actually show more of my personality than my paper art does. I’m not a girly girl, even though my art is mostly pastel, glitter and gold – I love hip hop, beers and tools too.
Where do you find inspiration?
Freelance hasn’t made me rich yet, so I look at a lot of windows. My inspiration often comes when I start thinking about how to upgrade or change windows of shops. I love to discover new materials to work with – like fishing lures and emergency blankets. AliExpress is my go-to as well. They basically have everything in China and I spend hours browsing, finding new materials to try out.
What has been the most memorable experience with Emilie Stanton so far?
Before my CPHFW project, I worked with Arkitekturministeriet, setting up bars, merch stores and a train station at Roskilde Festival, Copenhell, Musik i Lejet and Heartland Festival.
Doing the decorations for Copenhagen Fashion Week Opening Dinner is definitely one of the highlights of my career. And to top that off, the day after I did CPHFW Opening Dinner decorations, I went to Funen to do all decorations for my sister’s country wedding with 150 guests.
A perfect ending to a wonderful and busy summer!
Looking five years into the crystal ball, what is then your dream for Emilie Stanton?
I’ll most likely be back in LA or maybe trying out life in London or New York. I’d also love to stay in Tokyo for a bit. Copenhagen is lovely, but a small town. I feel like there’s a limit to growth here, and that limit doesn’t exist in big cities like LA, NY or London. Hopefully my future collabs will include brands like Harrods and Selfridges, but I’m also interested in event décor, styling and graphic design.
Visit www.emiliestanton.com for more information.