"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
I usually really, really, dislike pieces that are just "VAG!!!! OMG!!!" It's a philosophical thing. Maybe a little political. I'm tired of seeing women either divorced of or reduced to their genitals. I know it's supposed to be all riot grrrl-power-confrontational, but mostly I just think it's kind of ham-fisted. It ain't no Gustave Courbet, you know what I mean?
ANYWAY. A while ago my friend Shae posted a photo of herself, and I really fell in love with the lines and the color around her fingertips. Here's my oil pastel version. 15"x8" inches.
"Penny and Johnny are the Bonnie and Clyde of contemporary embroidery." -Mr. X Stitch-
Our response- "I'm a professional, God damn it. I live in a car."
I also write for Mr. X Stitch and Feeling Stitchy. FACE!
*There has been some confusion as to who actually writes this blog. It's me, Penny Nickels. Johnny Murder (Manbroidery Founder) is my husband, and occasionally he chimes in and we share a few posts.