Ben Venom recently worked on a comminssioned quilt for Pirate Press. Here Ben shares with us images and a few words on his most extensive quilt to date so far. Ben will be showing new work at Guerrero Gallery in November. - meighan
The Pirates Press Quilt was a commissioned piece by Owner / Operator Eric “Skippy” Mueller. The shirts are some from his own collection and those his label represents. The design is a combination of the Pirate Press logo with the Pirate Press Records logo. The quilting pattern (Red Stitching) forms a pirate ship when viewed from a distance. Measuring roughly 6' x 7'...the quilt is currently hanging behind Eric's desk in his office. It took me roughly 2 months to complete and was one the more challenging pieces I have made in recent years.
Oh man, I saw these sewn beauties by Folk Mother on Teenangster's blog over the weekend. I swear, I could just blog off of Alison's blog and just be content (and not to mention NUTS and unethical) she is just so good at finding the most amazing shit ever.
I was introduced to Folk Mother a few years ago by Alison and may or may not have blogged about her work. But regardless these hand sewn, found vintage photographs should be seen as much as one wants. I wish, oh I wish she would make more of these stunning, stitched hybrids.
This Thursday I'll be teaching how to make god's eyes at Museum of Craft and Folk Art's Craft Bar. I am really excited as there are a ton of other crafts being taught as well: cozy sock skeletons, traditional Mexican pictograph stamps and Katy Kristin will be teaching how to make plushies. It's Craft Bar's 1 Year Anniversary so it should be a good time all around, if you are in SF come and say hi and get crafty. Can't make it? Amelia Strader will be hosting Etsy's Virtual Lab that day, so tune in!
I'll be posting pics of the god's eyes I am working on tomorrow, along with a pdf to download some time this week. Here is info on the event. The above photo was taken in SOMA, it was some weird empty store front filled with these gorgeous gods eyes. They totally inspired me to make my own.
A few weeks ago I bumped into Marissa of Thimblewinder at the SF Zine Fest. I had met her briefly in Boston at The Handmade Nation screening I did with Faythe Levine last year, but was unaware of her crafty talent. At her booth at the zine fair I quickly fell in love with her Tiny Party! and her winner medals. Let's get real folks, who isn't down for a party all the time? And I don't know about you, but I'll take a medal anyday for being awesome or hell, just plain okay! Plus being sick for a week...I could really use a tiny little party to spruce up this headache. And! Marissa will hand sew your monograms on a medal of your choice!