You are not being controlled. You came to this site of your own free will, and you will be exercising your free will when you purchase this patch. Nothing is influencing your decision at all. Your desire to buy this representation of the completely fictional world-controlling cabal, whose name we will not mention here, is your entirely own. Trust us.
The Venus of Willendorf, and other similar figurines, were originally carved during the Paleolithic period, nearly 30,000 years ago. Though their original meaning and purpose is now unknown, they are commonly seen as goddesses of womanhood and of fertility. Our Venus translates the aesthetic of these figurines into graceful curves and lines, rendered in bronze thread.
Here’s a thing about me — I can’t draw. Not really. I can doodle, but pencil and paper ART is beyond me. As a result, when I have a new idea for an embroidery design in my head, I frequently resort to Google, and seek out public domain clip art to use as a basis for my design. Sometimes I find something perfect, and use it as it is. Other times I find something that’s close enough, and use it as a guide in my embroidery software to arrive at the image that’s in my head.
When I decided to make a Yggdrasil patch last year, I used what I thought was public domain clip art to create it. However, I found out over the weekend that I was very wrong, and that the art I had used was actually owned by artist Jen Delyth. I was horrified that I had used her work without permission, and at her request IMMEDIATELY pulled my listing off of the internet.
The thing was, I still wanted to have a Yggdrasil patch in my shop. But I felt burned by my Google-fu (or lack thereof) and didn’t want to resort to using found art again. So I did a thing I very rarely do. I picked up a pencil and paper, and started sketching. And I went through a lot of pencil. And a lot of paper. And got a lot of good feedback from my husband, who frankly knows more about art than I do. And eventually, I arrived at a design that I felt satisfied with. I scanned it in, tinkered with it some more in my embroidery software — and in the end, came up with a Yggdrasil design that is 100% my own, and which I’m happier with than I ever thought I would be. In fact, I was so happy with it, that I’m letting this encourage me to do more of my own art, even when I think I can’t do it. I suspect some of my ideas will work, and some will fail. But I plan to keep trying.
In the meantime, I really hope you like our new Yggdrasil! It’s available as a patch on both our Etsy shop and our website. I’ve also made it available on Redbubble in a wide variety of products, including stickers, phone cases, mugs, and even a duvet cover!
Show the king some respect, and move your bloody car!
This sew-on patch is stitched on white cotton canvas and measures 2.75″ wide by 4.13″ tall.
Today is William Shatner’s birthday! He holds a special place in our heart as the first Captain of the Enterprise, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to spotlight our Away Team messenger bags. They come in Command gold, Science blue, and Engineering or Security red.
When we unveiled our Crazy Cat Lady patch a few weeks ago, one of our customers asked almost immediately about the possibility of a Crazy Cat Guy companion piece. So, here it is!
Some people say “Crazy Cat Guy” like it’s a bad thing. But as a man owned by no fewer than four cats, I’m hear to tell you that it’s actually pretty wonderful. Be proud of your accomplishments, crazy cat people!
Just go to our website, fill your shopping cart up with awesome swag, and then use coupon code HAPPY-BIRTHDAY to get 15% off your total order!