It's our 100th post here at the Pimp Stitch Blog and what a way to celebrate it! The incredible Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching is our Guest Artist for this month!! I know how excited you must be, and we are too!
Jenny Hart is the founder and creative director of Texas-based embroidery design company, Sublime Stitching -the first company to bring tattoos, pinups and rock 'n roll design to embroidery patterns. Hart is an internationally published artist and illustrator, an award-winning author of multiple titles for Chronicle Books and a founding member of the Austin Craft Mafia. Jenny's embroidery work has been published throughout the world in books, magazines and on television. Her company has been long recognized as a model business in the DIY movement by first introducing new aesthetics, resources and education for embroidery.
Despite a hectic schedule and lots of travel, Jenny lives and works in Austin, Texas, where she runs Sublime Stitching full blast with the help from a wonderful group of people.
1: What do you do when you're not (doing your day job)?
Usually sleeping, reading, petting my cat, doing laundry, pretending to know how to garden, wasting time on the Internets, watching loads of bad tv. Embroidering, drawing, making stuff. Collecting senseless, pretty keepsakes. Obsessing elsewhere. Stuff like that.
2: What inspires you?
That's always such a difficult question to answer! I don't always know what inspires me. And, inspiration can be such an elusive thing. Reading and being able to think quietly is mostly when I tend to find inspiration, or in the opposite regard- when I'm busily doing work that leads on to other ideas to develop and build on, which always leads to run away thinking and undisciplined creativity. At least, for me.
3: When you were 6, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I've always wanted to be an artist, honest and truly.
4: What do you want to be when you grow up now?
(I love these questions) Still, an artist. And we'll say a long-established businessperson and entrepreneur as well. Can I be both?
5: What's your favorite song?
Right now, it's (bear with me here) Poulenc's Deux Novellettes: I in C Major. I usually want to listen to it at least five times a day which is probably too much.
6: And what's one weird habit you have?
If I have to pick just one, I guess I'll tell you about my tendency to pace around my house in bursts while thinking / working.
7: Where are you on an average Tuesday night at 9pm?
Either shuttering up the house for the night, or at a movie.
8: What's your greatest phobia?
Sitting on a needle that's been lost in my gushy couch. I'm usually very, very strict with myself about where I set my needle when not using it.
I know you've just been scrolling feverishly to get to the best part of Guest Artist Week...the free pattern! Jenny has put together a pattern mix just for us! Bits and pieces of some of your favorite SS patterns! Here's a sample of what's included:
Download the Pimp Stitch/Sublime Stitching Mix here.
Jenny has some exciting stuff on the horizon. She'll be in NYC 12/12 to co-teach a class with Cyndi Lee of OM Yoga Manhattan. Also on 12/13 at the BUST Craftacular!
She'll have three new kits coming out with Chronicle Books in Spring '09 and a new book, Inspired Embroidery, in Fall '09.
She always has new transfers coming out and she's particularly excited about the new artists she has contributing to the Sublime Stitching Artist Series starting in spring.