theme and variations
Last spring (or maybe even the spring before,) The Husband suggested an art collection project to me. His thought was to take my beloved Fisher-Price sewing machine and to see what different illustrators would do to interpret the icon. The idea appealed to me greatly, but being knee-deep in other projects and in a state of perpetual distraction, I didn’t have the time to devote to sourcing out folks who might be interested. I just left the idea rattling around in my head as a Someday project.
Last month, on a particularly crankypantsy day for me, The Husband dug a stiff envelope out of a pile on his desk and presented it to me as a wee pick me up. As soon as I opened it, I started to cry. He had done all the leg work and commissioned a few artists he’d found to draw up the sewing machine. I have to tell you, I’m completely enchanted.
The first is by Grant Gilliland:
On flickr as the Gross Uncle
I love the stark black and white and how the sewing machine knobs seem to be a face crying out with hard work.
The next one to arrive by Jillian Evelyn:
She’s here on flickr too.
(Seeing this reinforces thoughts of the F-P sewing machine tattoo I’d been considering.)
And my favourite so far by Thom Glick:
(I find it amusing that in this blog post where he put up the sewing machine illustration that some of the commenters were all, “WTF? Why would someone request that?”)
Aren’t they all fun? I want to see MORE! I’m envisioning a wall in my studio with each one framed and continually adding more as they come in. I’m completely in love with this project.
I’ll throw it to you guys now. Who else should I get involved? Are you an illustrator? Want to take a crack at it? Ping me! Let’s set something up! (Many many exclamation points. Can you tell I’m stoked?)