Emi Shinmura is an Anglo-Japanese artist and designer. She studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and lives and works between the UK and Japan. Her work has been exhibited overseas, including most recently at the Venice Biennale.
In 2019 Emi took up a half-year residency with her aunt Harumi, a well known master craftswoman in the mountains of Kyushu in Japan, where she was able to deepen her knowledge of traditional Japanese carpentry by building a bunkhouse.
In her art studio (Emi took over an old timber-framed village bakery next to a little stream in the woods for the duration of her residency) she translated her experience and learning into drawings, woodcut prints and sculptures, which she exhibited for the first time at The Rowley Gallery.