Emi specializes in digital edge to edge quilting and enjoys adding another element of design to quilts. She started her longarming business Emi & Ko Studio in 2018 while living in Texas, and made her way to Ottawa for her husband’s job. Emi and Ko is a play on the words Emi and Company, with “ko” meaning child in Japanese, since Emi’s four children are a huge inspiration for her work.
After getting married, quilting became a creative outlet for Emi to positively cope with the frequent changes and challenges that came with being an Armed Forces family. As a young mother she started with making quilts and other hand sewn items for her children, but quickly became a part of the sewing and quilting communities in each of the places she lived.
Emi fell in love with color, pattern and textiles as a young girl in Japan, and a quilting seed was planted when she participated in a quilt club in Grade 3. It wasn’t until over a decade later that the little seed grew and blossomed into a passion. Quilting has become an important part of her daily life to fuel her creativity and connect with other makers.
To see Emi’s work and to keep up-to-date with her creativity, visit her website at www.emiandkostudio.com or follow her on social media @emiandkostudio.