Thursday, April 1, 2010

Day 26: Purple Hippo Stiches, Opera House Press, TMarie

Name: Sarah P. Fisher
Business Name: Purple Hippo Stitches
Location: Bloomington, IN and Akron, OH

What do you make? cross-stitches, just not quite what your Grandma used to make

How did you learn your art/craft? I learned to cross-stitch from my Aunt Nanno when I was 9 years old. I started a lot of projects but didn't finish many. I wasn't much into the cutesy teddy bears and angels that made up most patterns. About a year ago, I learned how to make my own patterns as well as mixing together vintage patterns using MacStitch.

Where do you get your inspiration from? Pop culture, inside jokes, and anything that strikes me as awesome and needs to be immortalized in cross-stitch. I also have a fondness for various four letter words.

Do you have a "real world" job? I'm currently a grad student in Library Science. I work a bit at the Lilly Library as well.

Your five favorite things: In no particular order, Pabst Blue Ribbon, big dangly earrings, backpacking around Europe, Lady Gaga, and hippos.

Who are your favorite artists/crafters?
My favorite website for modern embroidery is Not only does he feature amazing artists, but he's pioneering the world of "manbroidery."
Julie Jackson of who first incorporated 4 letter words into cross stitch.
Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching
BeeFranck, who can be found on mrxstitch and whose cross-stitch has an eerily similar sense of humor to mine.
Shaebay ( takes on about every craft ever and takes them to epic proportions.

Where can we find you? (NSFW)

Name: Lucas Woodaman
Business Name: Opera House Press
Location: Gosport, IN

What do you make?
Clothing and other printed materials.

How did you learn your art/craft?
Community college, friends and experimentation.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
A mix of my day to day life and the contemporary art/craft scene. Really I just make stuff that I wish existed.

Do you have a "real world" job?
I currently have two "real world" jobs, I work at Pygmalions art supply and as a consultant in the pharmaceutical field.

Your five favorite things:
My wife, my dogs, making stuff, movies, and soda

Who are your favorite artists/crafters?
There are tons of great crafters and artist out there whose work I adore, but to name a few; David Choe, Jay Ryan, Ekundayo, Matt Cipov, Blaine Fontana, Damon Soule, Herakut, and Liz McGrath just to name a few.

Where can we find you?
you can find us at our etsy or our infrequently updated blog . And hopefully sometime this year we will be opening a full-fledged website! Also I am a studio member at the Art Hospital in Bloomington and have some stuff up in our little store there.
Name: Tiffany Marie Hanner
Business Name: TMarie
Location: Bloomington,Indiana

What do you make?
Mixed Media

How did you learn your art/craft?
I learned the essentials from fundamental studio classes at University.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
A lot of my inspiration comes from the color relationships in textiles and fabrics.

Do you have a "real world" job?
Yes. I'm a Consumer Support Coordinator for individuals who have developmental disabilities.

Your five favorite things:
1: Assembling Color Relationships
2: Trident Splash: Strawberry with Lime Chewing Gum
3: Tuxedo Cats
4: Scent of Japanese Cherry Blossom
5: Pizza with Pineapple,Pecans and BBQ Sauce.

Who are your favorite artists/crafters?
Gustav Klimt

Where can we find you?
-- I'm new to the game but you can find me on Facebook under Tiffany Marie Hanner.

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