The newest addition to the Sublime Stitching artists series of embroidery patterns is Erin Paisley. Erin's work has a following all of its own, including me. I've admired Erin's unique work for years: it's romantic and sweet but always a little melancholy. Dewy, wide-eyed girls wrapped in cowls of their own braids, and beautiful, angular woodland creatures that can only be Erin's.
Paul Buckley, the award-winning art director of Penguin Books is also a fan (in this interview with Jillian Tamaki he mentions how Erin's work helped inspire Penguin Threads, the wonderful series of embroidered book covers of literary classics).
A Sublime Stitching pattern collaboration with Erin has been a long time in the making. Erin's a busy mother of two, and an actively working artist. So, what would she do with three days all to herself? What music is she listening to? Let's find out...
When did you start making art?
When did you begin embroidering?
I picked it up every so often, but it wasn't until I had my second child (4 years ago) that I found embroidering a necessity. I was longing to paint, but you can't exactly lay everything out on the dining room table with a toddler and newborn and not expect disaster and tears. Embroidery was the only way I could add color to my drawings without making a huge mess or without worrying about constantly being interrupted. I could pick it up and put it down with ease. The floss wasn't going to dry up.
Who are your favorite artists?
When do you most like to work? Evening, morning?
What music are you into right now?
If you had three days to yourself with no work or obligations, how would you spend it?
Where can people see your work online and in real-life?