Wordplay with Barnie Emma

Browsing through Barnie Emma’s online portfolio, one is immediately thrown into a  colourful world of silliness and surrealism, with enough satire to fix a wry smile on even the sternest of faces.

Featuring uncanny, politically-aware illustrations, stop-motion animations and films focussed on issues ranging from Trump’s rise to presidency, to the plight of Syrian refugees, Barnie’s work is not only pertinent, but immensely witty and fun.

For those interested in words and wordplay, Barnie’s playful illustrations are sure to raise a smile, offering cute visual aids to accompany some interesting etymological definitions and rhyme-based animal/object pairings.

Rhyme Play

Can you name both the animal and the object in the images below?

(Answers can be found on the contact page of Barnie’s website.)




Word Origins

1. Giraffe

Originally known as ‘camelopards’, giraffes were once thought to be a cross between a leopard and a camel, due to their camel-like shape and leopard-like colouring.


2. Dandelion

The word ‘dandelion’ comes from the French ‘dent-de-lion’, meaning ‘lion’s tooth’, owing to the plant’s long toothed petals. Whilst this word has fizzled out in France, it remains in use across the British Isles.


About the Artist

Barnie Emma is an independent illustrator and filmmaker who enjoys juxtaposing art and politics, surrealism and normality.

To find out more, visit www.barnie.xyz.


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