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Hilary Emerson Lay


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About HilaryEmersonLay

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On Etsy since 2011

A bit about me!

I was raised in Brewster, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, in a highly creative family. I grew up in an old house with a sprawling expanse of yard, great big gardens, a spooky marsh, and a veritable circus of animals. At one point or another, my family has had dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, pheasant, quail, chickens, chameleons, a crayfish, a pegasus, a parakeet, and a goat.

My parents encouraged all of my artistic pursuits and odd little personality quirks, so I spent my childhood drawing pictures (of pets real and imagined), running barefoot through the dunes, making masks, climbing trees, building fairy houses in fields, building forts in the marsh, and writing and illustrating my own stories and plays. In middle school, I won a kiwi-carving contest at Stop & Shop.

From a very early age, I have held a deep love of and appreciation for books, especially picture books, and my love of words and stories has grown over the course of my life. My first job was at The Brewster Bookstore when I was thirteen years old. I went on to earn a BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College, with a concentration in Children’s Writing and Illustration. From 2002–2012, I managed The Spirit of ’76 Bookstore & Card Shop in Marblehead, MA. I think printed words on a page are among the world’s most beautiful things.

I weave my love of animals, words, and color into my art. I work primarily in acrylic, gouache, pen, pencil, pastel, pages from dictionaries, and line drawings from old books and encyclopedias. In addition to my painting and collaging, I create little stuffed creatures out of socks. I like to think of my artwork as an extension of my personality: bright, energetic, imaginative, playful, and fun. With my colorful hair and tendency towards wearing stripes, I even look a little like my sock creatures. :)

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  • Hilary Emerson Lay

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Hi! My name is Hilary. I am a high-energy, friendly artist with pink hair and cool tattoos who hails from Cape Cod and currently resides in Montague, MA I create mixed media cityscapes, silly sock critters, and portraits of animals in hats.

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Last updated on May 9, 2022

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Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
I try very hard to make my items' pictures and descriptions thorough, and I encourage buyers to contact me with any questions they may have about the item before committing to buy it. For that reason, I do not offer returns or exchanges. *However*, if I have made a mistake in the item's description, or if the item arrives damaged, I will absolutely issue a refund or exchange. The best way to resolve issues such as these is to contact me by sending me a message through Etsy or emailing me directly at hilary [!at] hilaryemersonlay.com.
I accept Paypal, credit cards, Etsy gift cards, and Venmo.
I will ship out your order within two days of receiving payment, and I will ship to the address provided through Etsy unless otherwise noted. I ship ground via the USPS with a tracking number. If you would like your order expedited, please message me *before* placing your order, so that I can adjust the s/h accordingly. I automatically insure any order over $100.

If you are sending an item directly to someone as a gift, I'd be happy to include a message from you! Just put any special instructions in the "notes to seller" box during checkout. And be sure to specify where and to whom the gift is going!
Additional policies and FAQs
I welcome inquiries about wholesale orders for cards and postcards! Please send me a message through Etsy or email me directly at hilary [!at] hilaryemersonlay.com. I work with both up-front payment and consignment orders.

Please note that copyright is NOT transferable with your purchase, and no reproductions in any form can be made without my express permission.