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Making Multiples: Quilted Brains & Love Art

I almost always make completely one-of-a-kind art/clothing/accessories/etc.  I like figuring stuff out and trying something new, which usually means I try something new for every single project.

This one-of-a-kind model of creation is great, but I’ve been doing it for so long, I can feel myself getting antsy.  Essentially, it isn’t completely fulfilling my need to continue to try new things.

So, I tried something new:  I made more than one of something.

Brains & Love Wall Hanging

Brains & Love Wall Hanging

I’m not dabbling in mass production or anything, but I did create five or six of these adorable wall hangings.  I love them.  They are appliqued and quilted.  I liked the original challenge of figuring the layout, the freestyle embroidery for the brains, the fabrics, the applique stitching, etc.  Additionally, I enjoyed the challenge of creating the item again and again.

Appliqued textile art.

Appliqued textile art.

Freestyle embroidered brains. Just like in real life, the brains differ slightly from skull to skull.

Freestyle embroidered brains. Just like in real life, each brain differs slightly.

I’ve put these adorable wall-hangings from my ‘making multiples’ challenge up for sale in my shop.  They look great on a range of wall colors (I’ve got quite the color palette in house, and I didn’t find a wall it looked bad on), and they make great gifts!  Shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/116760053/brains-love-fabric-wall-hanging

 
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Posted by on 12.04.12 in Side Projects

 

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Gifting my dad with fashion: sugar.skin.circus illustrations

My dad is the kind of guy who would probably never ever put on any of the clothing that I make. But he loves and supports me (Thanks, Dad!).  He always hints at wanting SOMETHING from my collections, but I know better than whipping up a custom circus-Dad outfit for him.  If I did that, we all know he’d have to try to pull off a stellar performance of forced-polite-face when he opened it and then it would be forever unworn.  Instead, I surprised him last year for Christmas with a series of illustrations featuring my sugar.skin.circus clothing.

It was cute to watch him open them because he always tries to be so stoic, but he was pretty pumped about them.  He even busted them out and wrangled someone into helping him parade them around any time a visitor stopped by.  Now they are hanging up in his house.

sugar.skin.circus illustrations

 
 

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