Business name: Scabby Robot
Jill sews all of her work on a vintage 1958 Slant-o-matic. Together they create one-of-a-kind functional sewn items: handbags, wallets, soft accessories. Favorite materials are leather and heavy denim.
In 2003 Jill earned her degree in industrial design from CCAC in San Francisco. In 2006, she wiped the boogers from her eyes to see that her true passion was for one-off and small run designs, thus Scabby Robot was born!
(I quoted this directly in Jill's own words, because I thought it was so well put):
"Each piece created is an exercise in sincere play.There is little premeditation in my work. I sit down at my machine, supplied with gorgeous materials, and connect them together with a lattice of freehand machine stitching. A curvy, zig-zagged, silly, sometimes backwards line of stitching travels across the surface of each piece.
Often as I sew I play and ponder the metaphor of that meandering linear path across a soft surface. I compare it to a pen stroke on a page, to a line of music, to one’s path from waking to sleeping. Sometimes the stitch path reverses on itself over and over as if caught in a loop. Sometimes the path has many stops and starts. Sometimes the path is straight and direct. And sometimes the thread breaks. Drat!
I know a piece is complete when I feel the balance of value, need, silliness, waste, durability, and function."
1. What five words best describe you?
straightforward, silly, shy, sharp, calm
2. What five words best describe your work?
touchable, luxurious, rustic, leather, architectural
3. What was the very first art form you fell in love with, and, do you still do it?
Woodcut printmaking. Gaw, I still love it, I miss it just thinking about it! The sound the tool makes on the wood is amazing. Don't worry printmaking, I'll be back.
4. What was your very worst ‘real’ job?
While I was in college, I temp'd at a real estate/mortgage bank one summer. I had to call realtors across the country to offer them properties in foreclosure. EVERYONE who worked there full time was a smoker. Depressing!!!
5. Is artwork your full-time life?
Or, if not, are you planning to make it that way? If so, what’s your favorite part about being a full-time creative? Yes and yes. My handbags are full-time, though I have a part-time job to keep me rolling in health insurance (priceless). Hard to say when/if I'll go 100% handbags - I check in with myself every 6 months or so. I'm not convinced going 100% handbags will make me a happier person...
6. What do you think is the single most important thing you could tell an artist just starting out?
I think the hardest thing is also the most rewarding thing. Challenge yourself to do the thing you (maybe secretly) LOVE. Even if you think you're crap at that thing, try it. Try it some more. You'll only know if you can do it, if you can get better at it, if you actually give it a try. It'll be fun!
7. What is your favorite way to distribute your work (craft shows, online, galleries, etc…), and why?
Right now, online is my favorite way as I can chat directly with my customers any time anywhere I have the internet. Wow, isn't the future amazing?
8. What are your five favorite blogs and/or websites?
Here are three of my favs:
Penelope Trunk's Brazen Careerist
Dave Hill Internet Explosion
9. Favorite artist?
Alexander Calder - love his wire sculpture
10. Guilty pleasure?
That first cut on a new hide.
Last bite of mint chip ice cream - Strauss creamery mmmmmm.... my favorite
Jill has generously offered a spectacular Wedge Tote to a lucky one of my readers (can I be a reader this week?). The winner will have their choice of colors from Jill's available stock. Seriously people...this is ONE KILLER GIVEAWAY! Check out the details on the winner's loot HERE.
- Go to Jill's Etsy page. Find your very favorite item.
- After that, come on back and leave a comment below telling us what your favorite item was and why (the 'why' is the part we really look for when deciding on a winner... so be creative!).
You may enter only once. The contest is open until 10pm Pacific time on the Monday following the original feature (so it's open for about six days). Winners will be posted on Tuesday morning, along with the new featured artist's piece. If you have any questions, please contact me, not the artist.
IMPORTANT: If you want to be contacted (if you are the winner), you need to leave your email address in your comment (I suggest spelling out the @(at) and the .(dot) to avoid spam from internet crawlers, or you may also leave your Etsy screen name, if applicable. If you don't leave either, you need to check back and contact me by the Friday following the contest ending to see of you won, and will need to email me (see Winner's Box in the upper right sidebar).
Please note: The winner is chosen by me and the featured artist based on your responses...so make 'em good! We make no claims that the selection is random:) It is between you and the featured artist to coordinate the getting of your loot. I make no personal guarantees about time-frame for delivery, value, or condition of the winning item.
~~~ Last Week's Winner: Lorin D. Please get in touch to claim your winnings! ~~~