You probably know Jenny Hart from her embroidery pattern business Sublime Stitching. But you may not know that she started out as a fine artist creating amazing embroidered portraits of modern icons like Dolly Parton and Iggy Pop. And she continues to do that. There’s a gallery of work on her website if you’d like to see more.
I picked up the September/October 2006 issue of Fiberarts magazine the other day and they have a great article titled “Pop Art” about her work and the work of Whitney Lee, who does latch-hook rugs depicting feminist themes. Love this magazine by the way.
Art Star in Philadelphia is featuring Jenny’s work this month (the exhibit closes on October 1) in “Embroidered Works by Jenny Hart”. Unfortunately I was not able to attend the opening reception as I would have loved to meet her, but I’m hoping to get down to see the show before it closes. As with most art it’s much better to view it in person so you can really get close and see the detail, something you can't do with a book or online photo.
And, speaking of books, Jenny’s latest “Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns & How-To” is just out. You can find it at Amazon or your local book store.
Art Star, 1030 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123