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Jenny Hart

September 26, 2011

Photo: Aubrey Edwards

Jenny Hart was born in 1972 in Iowa City and raised in rural Illinois. She is best known for her artwork in hand embroidery and her design company Sublime Stitching. Hart’s work has been published in numerous books and magazines including VogueNylonSpinThe FaceJuxtapozThe New York Times Magazine and others. She has exhibited in Los Angeles, Paris, London and New York. In 2012 her embroidery will be included in a 40-year retrospective group show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery. Hart’s work is in multiple public and private collections of note, including the estate of Elizabeth Taylor. She is also an award-winning author of eight titles on embroidery for Chronicle Books.

Jenny Hart has lived in Kansas, France and Texas. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

1. What is your hometown?

A small farming town in northwestern, rural Illinois, near the Iowa border. It was really beautiful, but a really tough place to be in as a teen.

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Not a completely fictional character, but Laura Ingalls Wilder. The books, the tv show, growing up in the midwest with long braids and buck teeth…

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Howard Morris.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

Anything written or drawn by Bruno Schulz.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

I just finished reading Haruki Murakami’s short story, “On seeing the 100% perfect girl one beautiful April morning”. I’m not really a “you must read this book” kind of person, and I can barely finish a novel. I usually prefer non-fiction. The last book I read from cover to cover, and couldn’t put down, was Bob Dylan’s Chronicles: Volume One.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

PJ Harvey’s “Let England Shake”

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

“The Royal Tenenbaums”. When Chaz says he’s a widower.

8. Cat person or dog person?


9. What is more important, truth or kindness?


10. How do you define sin?

Self-indulgence (in any and every sense) without self-reflection to the point of harming yourself, and, by extension also harming others. I think that covers it.

11. How do you define virtue?

Maintaining (or attempting) control over your own nature.

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

I don’t want to be buried anywhere. So, if there’s a memorial of any kind, something plain but not morose. White marble, name and lifespan. That’s all. I’ll probably feel the need to elaborate on this officially at some point, though!

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

My dad! (rip.)


Jenny Hart
Sublime Stitching

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 28, 2011 13:53

    Great interview! Love your work, Jenny.


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