What People Are Saying About Penny

"I like to think of you as a high priced call girl that the unwashed masses can't afford--like Woody Allen's Whore of Mensa. It's not your fault that people offer $10 blowjobs on the street corner. It's not an insult if somebody doesn't buy your art." -Alexandra J Walters

"Once Penny was making her own silk thread, and a midget appeared. Before he could open his ugly mouth, without looking up, she exclaimed, 'Rumpelstiltskin. Now get the fuck out of here.' Fairytale Over."- Beth Featherstone

"Penny can push a needle through a telephone pole without a thimble." -Shane Blaufuss

"When a man asked Penny, 'What’s the meaning of life?' She looked at him for exactly 3 minutes, completely still, until he cried. That man’s name was Steve Jobs."- Beth Featherstone

"A demon from the pits of bitch cunt." -W.C. Hurst

"pulitzer for you too." -John Lurie

Sunday, May 30, 2010

So then...

Dirt Nap
Dirt Nap

Dirt Nap 
Sleep mask
knit from BFL and baby llama I hand carded and spun on a cascade spindle. Hand embroidered poppies appliquéd across the eyes.

Invisibility Mask
Invisibility Mask

Invisibility Mask
knit from BLF I dyed and spun on a cascade spindle and plied with silk wrapped stainless steel thread. Covered with shisha mirrors I hand embroidered.

10 comments:

  1. woah. these are so great, i don't have any idea what to say. i'm amazed at your skillz. do i detect a trace of lucha inspiration?

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  2. Ha! Maybe, I did fit them pretty well with short rows. Mostly masks disturb me, so I decided to make my own. The sleep mask is nod to Hypnos and Thanatos, and the invisibility mask is a play on shisha's ritual intention. Plus it has stainless steel thread in it so it's impenetrable!

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  3. This made me squeal a little. Especially since I've had a chance to spend some quality time with Shining Cloth. I'm obsessed with the evil eye now.

    These are absolutely fabulous, and so are you. A. Maz. Ing.

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  4. YAY! Thank you!

    I keep trying to tell people that they're making some hard core juju when they play with needles, time to embrace it!

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  5. These are great. So clever and wonderfully made. As I'm sure you have heard many times before: You Rock!

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  6. Thanks Heather! I'm working on a couple more!

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  7. You must be a master at patience, what with the spinning and dyeing of your own yarns and then all the labor-intensive OCD of embroidering and such. It's an inspiration!
    I very much love the dirt nap. Absolutely beautiful craftsmanship.

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  8. Thanks Elizabeth! I just figured, masks are such serious business, traditionally for ritual use and so on and the making is as significant as the finished product. So I thought I'd do it "the right way". Does that make sense?

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  9. Totally. Increasingly as I age, I become more curmudgeonly unyielding in my need for better craftsmanship. I run a co-op gallery with my artist collective and after years of putting shows together, curating work, etc, I am still appalled when artists pour so much time and effort into a piece to only spoil it by getting lazy at the end and farting it up. It's like running a marathon perfectly only to take a nasty spill 3ft from the finish line. I can see from your details and such that you pour a great deal of love and labor into the most seemingly tiny detail, which is a wonderful and refreshing thing to see. I look forward to seeing what comes next!

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  10. Thank you so much Elizabeth! It is hard to follow through after spending months and months. It's easy to get to the point of just wanting it done! But yeah, when you've already invested 80 hours in creating the materials, it makes it harder to cut corners. Otherwise, what's the point of all that initial labor? :)

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