harllee

Handcrafted wall hangings

Brooklyn, New York · 182 Sales

harllee

Handcrafted wall hangings

Brooklyn, New York 182 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars
(39)
Jessica Harllee

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5 out of 5 stars
(39)
rtraxler

rtraxler on Apr 20, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Love how adorable yet simple it is. Exactly what I was looking for. Arrived so quickly. Thanks!

Jason Huff

Jason Huff on Dec 18, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful and well-made with high-quality thread that is soft and shiny. I put mine on as soon as I got it and it's holding strong. This is my second set : )

Jason Huff

Jason Huff on Dec 18, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I love this piece. It's so detailed and beautiful—the little hand even has nail polish! I've wanted to buy one of these for awhile, and seeing it in person helped seal the deal. If you love embroidery, emoji, and free-form compositions these are wonderful objects to own.

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About

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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