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

Friday, April 29, 2011


Alexandra Walters from Self-Guided Art Therapy just finished this portrait of me. Here's the photo I stole from her website.

I can't talk to much about it, because it makes me have lots of feelings and I'll get emotional about how amazing it is and what an honor it is to be made thread by one of my favorite artists and heroes, and how she said as she was working on it she was thinking about the phrase "Owl-eyed Athena", which you know throws me into full on classics tizzy, and really, I just can't believe anyone I look up to would want to spend much time studying my dumb ol' face, and it's kind of a heady feeling. 

You should probably just go over to her blog and read the description while I blow my nose and dab my eyes. Allergies. Really. 

Then you could come back over here and read my interview with her and be awestruck.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Alright, Gang! Let's make this happen!

This is pretty much the best example of why I get whine-mail. 

I think you all know which one I submitted, and which one deserves your vote. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

How We Do

Just over two years ago I started this little blog. I didn't really think that many people would be interested in it, and sometimes I posted a lot, sometimes a little. Thanks to this little corner of the internets I claimed in the name of Donkeywolf, I'm doing about two shows quarterly, I landed a great gig writing for MrXStitch, I've met some kick ass artists and one of my heroes, and now I'm published.

This year you can find my thoughts and my work featured in the following books-
"Hoopla includes twenty-eight innovative embroidery patterns and profiles of contemporary embroidery artists, including Jenny Hart, author of Sublime Stitching; Rosa Martyn of the UK-based Craftivism Collective; Ray Materson, an ex-con who learned to stitch in prison; Sherry Lynn Wood of the Tattooed Baby Doll Project, which collaborated with female tattoo artists across the United States; Penny Nickles and Johnny Murder, the self-proclaimed Bonnie and Clyde of embroidery; and Alexandra Walters, a military wife who replicates military portraits and weapons in her stitching." 
PUSH Stitchery: 30 Artists Explore the Boundaries of Stitched Art

Both are available at Amazon, and you can find links to the books on the right hand side of this blog.

I'm also going to be featured in the summer issue of Fiber Arts Magazine for my lacework. This is really exciting for me, because I actually subscribe to Fiber Arts! 
Love Birds
15"x15"  2011
photo by Angela Faz

Anyway, that's what's up with me! It's been hard to keep my trap shut about all of this, and I can't believe it's finally happening. I only wish I could send copies to everyone who was ever mean to me in Jr. High. Ha! Kidding... 

Anyway, I know I haven't been posting very frequently, but it's only because the lace work I'm doing now takes sooooooooo loooooooong and I'd rather share it when it's done. 

Also, I've got the largest piece I've ever done up at Hotel Hadley Studios. If you didn't get a chance to see it in Seattle at The Twilight Artists Collective, you can head over to the other side of the country and see it in Siler City, NC., curated by our Miss Drucilla Pettibone.
Curl Up With A Book 
featuring the ladies of the Oresteia 
60"x60" 2001
Photo courtesy of Hotel Hadley Studios.

Anyway, it's been a great couple of years. I can wait to see what the next few will bring. 

Friday, April 15, 2011



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