Sugar Smallhouse, aka Emily Ward, grew up in Hampshire County and has been seeking out flea markets with her Dad since she was very little. Although she has been creating things as long as she’s been collecting, it wasn’t until her adulthood that she found a way to work from her collections to make art.
She enjoys both the hunt for unusual things and the process of reworking them to give them new life, out of the attic and into a home appreciative of relics from our past. Much of her body of work strives to portray women in a different light, re-framing their original, limiting context from magazines of the 1940’s and 50’s. She likes creating pieces that look as if they were made during the first half of the 20th century, exclusively using objects from that time.