A compendium of craft masquerading as art, art masquerading as craft, and craft extending its middle finger.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Deep in the Hart of Texas

What's the matter with Austin? From Hope Perkins' gangsta embroidery to Whitney Lee's softcore latchhook rugs, the town seems to be a lightning rod for extreme craft. Enter Jenny Hart, another founding member of the Austin Craft Mafia. She makes lavishly embroidered portraits of Country and Rocknroll icons, including Iggy Pop, Dolly Parton, and the White Stripes. Equal parts Andy Warhol, Nudie Cohen, and seedy tattoo artist, Hart takes embroidery to its logical extreme. As if running her own site and being a co-founder of the Austin Craft Mafia wasn't enough, Hart runs the Sublime Stitching, a website filled with her kits, books, projects, and thoughts. Submit!


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