Hi all! This month's featured project is X-stitched Mario Bros 3 map from Cross Stitch Ninja. I thought it would be wonderful to find about a little bit about the project and the awesome artist! 1. Tell me a little about the project
I'd been thinking for a couple of years about making a larger video game themed cross stitch. The ideas I had, like a complete level from Super Mario Bros 1, were simply too big. But since I couldn't let go of the idea I realised I had to figure out something similar, just a little bit smaller. The reason I chose Super Mario Bros 3 is it's both since one of the first games I ever played and is such a classic so it could represent the whole 8-bit nostalgia thing.
2. Tell me a little about yourself.
I'm 27 years old and live in Sweden. I love geekiness, like to watch horror movies although I shouldn't because I have to vivid imagination when it comes to monsters. I like to read, but at the moment I prefer magazines and newspapers for books and am on the constant search for the perfect one. Apart from geek craft I do radical stichings and am a contributor to the blog radicalcrossstich.c om.3. What inspires you?
I'm inspired by both traditional and modern craft, I love to look at different techniques and try to figure out how I could use them in my work. Among other things that inspire me are street art and graffiti, stuff I hear or read, graphic design.
4. How long have you been stitching, how did you get started?
I grew up with a lot of people crafting around me and have been doing all sorts of crafts as long as I can remember. They've always encouraged me, and taught me to knit and embroider and let mess around in the carpenter workshop. So I owe a lot to my relatives.
I cross stitched when I was younger, but quit for a long time when i got tired of all the cutesy patterns. It wasn't until a couple of years ago, when cross stitches with a more radical bent started to turn up that I realised that "Hey, I can do that too! I don't need to settle with other people's designs". And that's where it really started.
5. What would you tell inspiring needle craftsters out there.
I'm not sure if I have any particular words of wisdom to share... The things I can recommend are the obvious: look around and see what others do, take note of things you like so you can go back for inspiration. Write down or make sketches of your own ideas. Even little scraps that you don't know what to do with right now can be useful in the future. Don't be afraid to try things out, even if they don't turn out as you thought you've learned something and next time it will go better.