Erin Eckler is a local artist with a professional career spanning over a decade and across several mediums. Her thirst for new expertise paired with endless creativity has led her down several artistic paths from songwriting, painting, fiber arts, and beyond. Very often her expressions explore and celebrating colors, shapes, and textures.
In 2016, she launched EQWilbert—a production company that would umbrella all her creative outlets, eventually working to foster efforts of other local and emerging artists through integrated branding. The name is a composite of her songwriting performance pseudonym “Erin Quillinan” (her mother’s maiden name) and her maiden name “Wilber.” She attributes much of her resilience and talent to her lineage and wanted to pay tribute to those ties using language which is traditionally tossed away over time.
Recycling, reuse, and heritage are common themes in her work. The findings in her jewelry are sources from her grandmother’s Sarah Coventry costume jewelry she used to sell. The leather is scraps from Townsend Leather, a company run by members of her family on her husbands side. Many of the embellishments on the fiber items are sourced from recycled clothes, some of them beloved items from her personal collection. She likes to utilize and celebrate items typically discarded.