Emily Eisenhart is multidisciplinary artist and designer based in Austin, Texas. The daughter of an artist and anthropologist, she grew up with a paintbrush in one hand and a field book in the other. She is constantly exploring, and her work is heavily inspired by the textures, patterns, shapes, and natural colors around her. While painting and illustration are her forte, she often experiments with new styles and media. She has painted on all scales, from tiny portraits to 150-foot murals, and has designed everything from tour trucks to animated videos. Operating at the intersection of the design and art worlds, her work is simultaneously strategic and spontaneous.
With a background in Anthropology, she is ever curious, weaving research into her inspiration for motif and color palette development. She approaches many of her projects as an ethnographer, diving deep into the culture of a place, working to create dynamic, story-driven artwork. She believes that art is especially powerful when it is able to capture the soul of a community or a place and share and celebrate that with others.
Prior to opening her own studio, she cut her teeth at the world class design firm IDEO where she worked with clients such as Nike, Microsoft, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As an independent artist, she has has collaborated with wide-ranging brands the likes of Starbucks, Keds, Madewell, and Outdoor Voices, in addition to a diverse array of clients around the country and in her home base of Austin, Texas.
Emily is hardwired as a collaborator, continually partnering with other creatives. She is the co-founder of an Austin-based all-female artist collective, Broad Studios (www.broadstudiosatx.com). The large studio space is home to six woman-owned businesses and often opens its doors to the community for workshops, events, and artisan markets.
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