Artist Interview: Jenny Hart

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A few months ago I started an artist interview series with the cute ladies from All Mighty Clothing (see here). I am so excited to continue that series today with the fabulous Jenny Hart, creator of Sublime Stitching. Jenny's beautiful patterns and stitched portraits changed the way I think about embroidery forever. Enjoy! 

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Elsie: Sublime Stitching is such a great brand! When did you start your company and how has it evolved over time? 

Jenny: I started embroidering portraits in the summer of 2000, and I launched Sublime Stitching in late 2001 with a simple blog. In a few months it became it's own website / company with patterns and then kits. I built and developed the company and (hard-coded) the website myself and, this is pre-Etsy days! There was a lot of cobbling together and seeing what made sense and how to connect it all. And, it's constantly evolving. You can actually see how it's changed over time by going through the internet archives here

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Elsie: What is your favorite part of owning and operating Sublime Stitching? 

Jenny: The freedom and independence that comes from being my own boss. 

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Elsie: What is the most challenging part of your work? 

Jenny: The (lack of) time and the (lack of) money. It always comes down to resources and how you are going to fuel what you want to accomplish. And, making the wisest decisions about what you have. Doing something on your own, without an established financial or structural platform is hard, hard work. Building a business and being the main creative source is incredibly difficult. And, in my case, I've been working outside of a well-established industry with major, major resources. It seems that those with the most financial resources tend to have fewer ideas and, those with the valuable ideas lack the resources or structure needed to advance them. That's the hardest part, for sure.

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Elsie: Can you show us a peek at a recent project you're excited about?

 

Jenny: Sure! Here are a few: 

I will have a solo show of drawings opening at Domy Books in Austin on May 1st called "Study Hall Drawings" http://domystore.com/austin/index.html

I'm embroidering imagery from Hieronymous Bosch paintings for Richard Saja's invitational "Replanting the Garden" opening in Indianapolis at Big Car Gallery http://www.bigcar.org/

And I'll have work in the upcoming  Gallery Hananhou NYC show "Lost At Sea"  May 6th – June 11th 

Sublime Stitching will (fingers crossed) also have a new pattern sheet up in the next week or two. I'm a little bit over-worked right now, to tell the truth!

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Elsie: Who are your style icons? 

Jenny: Goodness. No one has ever asked me this. If this is to mean anyone who possessed a personal aesthetic that I admire, then I could only name a very few. 

My mom, Louise Brooks, Helmut Newton, Tamara DeLempicka, Prince, Linda Fiorentino, Angelica Houston, Cindy Wilson, Beatrice Dalle…

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Elsie: Do you have any advise for aspiring artists and indie business owners? 

Jenny: Yes, I do! It's right here.

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Thanks so much, Jenny! I adore you. 

Please take a moment to leave Jenny a sweet comment & also let me know some of your favorite artists who you would love to see interviewed or featured here at A Beautiful Mess! XO. elsie  

 

 

  • this was awesome! I just bought her book embroidered effects the other day, so fantastic! Can’t wait to see what comes out next!

  • I wrote my M.A. thesis on Hieronymous Bosch, and I would love to see the embroideries based on his work when they are done! SUCH a cool idea.

    Thanks for a great interview! 🙂

  • Awe. Some. I love ass-kicking women and have always thought Sublime Stitching was rad. Very cool interview Elsie <3

  • I love, love, love Jenny Hart’s portraits of people! I just bought Embroidered Effects recently and I’m looking forward to trying some projects. I’m a beginner!

  • I ♥ Jenny Hart! Sublime Stitching helped me fall in love with all things embroidery. Thanks!

  • I’m so glad you interviewed her! Jenny is so nice! I’ve met her and exchanged emails before when I reviewed Sublime Stitching and their awesome line. I just love embroidery now.

  • Thank you, Jenny! I am a big fan of your work, and also work with embroidery . Thanks Elsie!

  • Jenny is awesome, been a fan for a long time but have never gotten round to buying anything – one day!

    I’d love to see an interview with Emily Martin of The Black Apple!

  • I love Jenny and Sublime Stitching – fantastic interview!! Jenny was the first indie business owner that I was really exposed to (through Craftster), and she is such an inspiration.

  • I love this feature! It is definitely on of my favourite blog reads. I am 14, and have my own indie business, so I find them so encouraing and inspiring to read. Each artist your feature has such an amazing story ( and collection of works!) and it always leaves mewanting to go and make something for my own range.

    Thankyou!

    x

  • Wow, that was extremely inspiring to read. I love to hear stories of how people started with a small blog and turned it into a business.
    Jenny, I love your stitching, and I wish you the best for your business!

  • To say Jenny has talent would be an understatement! WOW! I have her first book and LOVE it! Thanx for featuring her!

  • Jenny Hart is incredible! We met at the DIY Expo (which the expo itself was a joke, haha) in St. Louis, and she really was the nicest and coolest lady. Some other favorite artists of mine are Diana Sudyka, Carson Ellis, and Gemma Correll! They would all be great interviews, I bet.

  • Thanks for the great interview with Jenny Hart. She’s such a force in the indie craft world, and proof that hard work and talent can get you where you want to go without relying on the corporate world of washed down estheitcs. I love that she is constantly meshing different arts together and has her hand in so many projects. She seems driven and focused, which reminds me to be more driven and focused. 🙂 Also, loved finding out that she adores Louise Brooks!
    I embroider for my own biz and have followed her career throughout the years. It would be great if you did a follow up interview with her after her shows, just to check in. I also would love to know more about Rebbeca Levi.
    great blog!

  • Thank you, Elsie! And thank YOU everyone for such incredibly kind remarks! (I hope my mom is reading this.)

  • Jenny’s books were what started me on my love for embroidery and it’s pretty much my life now and I love it! Thanks Jenny!
    Know who else inspired me get to where I am in my business? Jenny Perkins of Naughty Secretary. Do her next!

  • Aaagghh so glad you interviewed Jenny… she’s the gal who got me into embroidery! Love her stuff, awesome x

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