Do you love things that are face meltingly awesome? Of course you do. So if you think you are ready for some more awesome…and I mean...FUCKING awesome, I would like you to meet Jessica Elliott.
Jessica is an 8-bit artist and I mean that in the full sense of the word. She takes sprites (8-bit images) and creates bead art, rugs, stuffed animals, and stitching from various beloved Nintendo games.
Most of her work is inspired by games from the early days of Nintendo although that is not exclusively her area of expertise. Her bead art should be familiar to those of you, who like me, love Perler Beads. She, however, uses Hama Beads which she has shipped to her from Europe. But her bead art is just the tip of the genius ice berg (your brain is the Titanic). She also makes rugs and stitchings. Her Chocobo and Mega Man rugs are nothing but gorgeous brilliance. But her masterstroke thus far has to be her yet to be completed stitching of the Onett map from Earthbound.
If your mind just peed (I hope its pee) know that that is perfectly normal.
I had a chance to ask Jessica a few questions about her work. We also talked about He-man and She-ra!(that's a whole other article)
Josh: “You’re like a monk. It must take a crazy amount of patience to complete these.”
Jessica: “Yeah a lot of people say I have patience to be doing all this stuff, but I just relax doing it. It's just a lot of fun and yeah detail wise, I have to stitch every pixel, or use a bead in place of every pixel, so it does take a while, especially with a whole screen shot like the Onett map D: lol.”
Josh: “Why do you think people love this so much? I mean I know why I do…but why do you think people gravitate toward it so much?”
Jessica: “"I think it's a ‘child of the 80's’ thing. We're all super nostalgic for that stuff"
Josh: “I love the Dracky necklace and the Potion from Mario 2 Necklace. Oh and the Red Ribbon Army (Dragonball) necklace. What are your favorite pieces so far?”
Jessica: “I think the Mega Man ‘lounging’ necklace is my favorite bead project. And honestly the Onett map that I'm working on is so far my favorite stitching.”
Jessica Elliott is a hip hip hip lady (fact). Please check out Jessica Elliot’s new Etsy store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/HipsLikeSnoWhite. She also has a blog that you should check out where she describes the process of creating 8-bit art. You can check that out here: www.pixelstitches.blogspot.com. Fucking buy everything before I do!
(Jessica Elliott's stitching of the ending screen of Ghostbusters the Nintendo Game)
Josh Henderson is an actor/writer who would sell his mother into the sex trafficking industry for a stitched Onett Map. Sorry Ma…(just bzns).