My Illustrated Maker Series envisions crafters as artists, because that’s what we are! From the delicate way our fingers dance over textiles to the way we infuse little bits of ourselves in all the beauty we create- I want to honor the culture of sewists, knitters and makers worldwide, and to reflect our diverse community. As a black artist, seeing myself mirrored in the world around me has always been incredibly important, but it’s not always available- I’ve grown up imagining myself in the work of others, whether that work was meant for people like me or not. Now I feel as though I am finally able to invite a broader audience into my world, the making world, where so many of us thrive and connect and inspire each other.
This illustration is part of a series of maker-inspired prints I've been working on over the past several months. As a sewist/ knitter/ woodworker/ textile artist/ ceramicist/ illustrator, I realized that I don't often come across artwork that embodies the various and rich experiences of the maker community. I've imagined all the households across the globe beautified by the maker's creations, but without walls that hold up mirror images of the creator themself, which I hope to change!
"Sew Good" is the illustrated version of "YOU! LOOK! MARVELOUS!!" that sewists are are always striving for. All the concentration, the hard work, the fingers bloody from pinpricks and the neck sore from poor posture at the sewing machine are worth it when the pants come down, the garment comes on, and the image in the mirror tells you that you are indeed A BOSS! It's the moment we all strive for, the perfect intersection of great fit, great fabric and great pattern, which keeps us headed back to our machine for more!
11" x 17" Print.
The illustrations are printed in black, white, and small amounts of color on 11 x 17 #100 matte poster paper.
Individually packaged in clear 100% recycled Eco-Enclose flap and seal bags with 100% recycled cardboard backing to protect the artwork.
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