"I like to think of you as a high priced call girl that the unwashed masses can't afford--like Woody Allen's Whore of Mensa. It's not your fault that people offer $10 blowjobs on the street corner. It's not an insult if somebody doesn't buy your art." -Alexandra J Walters
"Once Penny was making her own silk thread, and a midget appeared. Before he could open his ugly mouth, without looking up, she exclaimed, 'Rumpelstiltskin. Now get the fuck out of here.' Fairytale Over."- Beth Featherstone
"Penny can push a needle through a telephone pole without a thimble." -Shane Blaufuss
"When a man asked Penny, 'What’s the meaning of life?' She looked at him for exactly 3 minutes, completely still, until he cried. That man’s name was Steve Jobs."- Beth Featherstone
"A demon from the pits of bitch cunt." -W.C. Hurst
I learned how to make lace first by studying 16th and 17th century portraits of royals, and by 18th century English translations of 17th century Italian manuscripts. Most of the traditional lacemaking tools I use are no longer made and unavailable outside of Antiques Roadshow, so I had them handmade for me. I use Egyptian cotton thread imported from Belgium. As it turns out, lace thread is also difficult to come by.
Types of lace is like types of cheese. The variety is astounding, and vary by style, technique, place of origin, and materials. I currently know about six varieties.
It takes a least a month to create the foundation that the lace is worked on, and several months to create the lace itself. I am not taking vintage or machine made lace and repurposing it to create art, or manipulating material to give it the appearance of lace, I am actually hand making lace and using that as the medium.
I am always thrilled to respond to questions about my work, please try to keep this information in mind when inquiring about the price.
"Penny and Johnny are the Bonnie and Clyde of contemporary embroidery." -Mr. X Stitch-
Our response- "I'm a professional, God damn it. I live in a car."
I also write for Mr. X Stitch and Feeling Stitchy. FACE!
*There has been some confusion as to who actually writes this blog. It's me, Penny Nickels. Johnny Murder (Manbroidery Founder) is my husband, and occasionally he chimes in and we share a few posts.