Handcrafted textile art

Brooklyn, New York · 158 Sales


Handcrafted textile art

Brooklyn, New York 158 Sales On Etsy since 2014

4 out of 5 stars
Jessica Harllee

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Ariana Muñoz

Ariana Muñoz on Oct 29, 2016

3 out of 5 stars

Not beginner friendly. I reached out to the seller w a question and she referred back to the PDF, which did not have the answer. I think making the outlines of the pattern thicker would help identify the colors to their section more easily. Labeling the color number directly onto the pattern would work better as well.

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Handcrafted emoji

Professionally, I'm a web designer (at Etsy!). I spend my days working in pixels, writing functions, calculating grid systems, and creating structure and order. It's amazing, fulfilling, fun work, but in the fall of 2013 I realized that I needed to balance out all of my digital work with something physical. I missed creating things that were tactile and had texture and were something that you could keep forever. Growing up, I was always hacking up t-shirts or inventing craft projects, but as an adult I had abandoned making things with my hands for making things that were pixel-perfect.

I wanted to use embroidery to find a way to bring something digital into a physical context. Embroidery makes everyone think of their grandmas (especially embroidery in hoops), but emoji are really only used by the digital elite. Embroidering a poop emoji was the most ridiculous thing I could think of. What are the generations after us going to think of an elaborately-constructed poop hanging on the wall? Only good things, I hope.

The thing about making something with your hands is that each piece looks slightly different; this started out as something that terrified me but through this project is now something that I appreciate. Embroidery is so vastly different from the work that I do for my career in the best way possible.

Each piece is hand-sewn in my apartment in Brooklyn. It's usually something I do on the weekends or when I come home from work to relax. Making one of these pieces takes the length of a train ride from New York City to Washington DC, or about 5 episodes of The Good Wife.

Here's a post I wrote about the genesis of this project: http://jessicaharllee.com/notes/emoji-embroidery-a-post-mortem/

Photos by Erin Nolan (http://madebyeno.com)


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    Product designer at Etsy. Always crafting.

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