23 Oct Craft Crush #10 Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching
As the Craftivist Collective we love to showcase fellow craft-lovers who inspire us to keep crafting, teach us new craft skills & new ways of thinking and challenge us in how craft can be done, seen & have a positive mark on the world. These people keep me and the Craftivist Collective moving forward and growing and basically I have a big Craft Crush on them for that reason & want to celebrate their crafty brilliance with you so you can be inspired by them too.
Craft Crush #10 is…. Jenny Hart!
When I first got into hand-embroidery as a hobby nearly 5 years ago now, one of the first patterns I bought was a Sublime Stitching pattern kit of a Zombie I embroidered in the corner of a pillow case for my brother that then had a big thick black painted speech bubble to fill the rest of the pillow case that said inside “Don’t sleep or I’ll kill you!”. He liked it & I loved that craft could be so fun, contemporary and even my bro thought it was cool!:) We love that Jenny’s designs have a contemporary feel to them, clearly show her personality and show us that craft really has no creative boundaries but is something that can be used to create stunning creations people will cherish. Jenny is also in the documentary Handmade Nation speaking about her work, process & journey. If you don’t already have a Craft Crush on her, you will when you watch the film and wander around the Jenny Hart site.
Name: Jenny Hart
What do you do? In conversation I say “I’m an artist and designer who works primarily in embroidery” so I’ll go with that.
What are your first memories of crafting? Making construction paper link chains that you tore to count down the days until Christmas.
What inspires you? Great work by others, in any medium.
Who do you have a craft crush on? Beatrice Wood
What three things could you not live without? A loving cat, a private space and a choice book.
How has craft been a positive influence for you, your community or society at large? I’ll just say trying hand embroidery completely changed the course of my life in the most wonderful and unexpected ways.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? There would be no email.
Have you got any words of encouragement for our readers about the power of crafts? It’s a powerful medium that can speak to an audience “hi or lo”, with endless variations to keep it contemporary while still rooted in long history. It’s one of the greatest, public means of common, creative conversation.
If you have anything else you really want to share then feel free to include the question and your answer That’s enough about me.
See our other Craft Crushes here. Who’s your Craft Crush? Let us know in the comments section