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Wolfe, Hesper

acrylic painting
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1907 S. Halsted St., Unit 2
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Website: Subversive Seamstress Designs

Hesper Wolfe, the Subversive Seamstress, is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but now resides in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in History and Secondary Education. After teaching for several years in Milwaukee, she went back to school to get her degree in art at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She currently has the stressful, yet extremely rewarding job of being a high school art educator. After a long, harrowing day of dealing with demanding teenagers, she loves to relax by sewing, embroidering, or painting her stress away.

Motivated by her frugal nature and love of all things retro, Hesper Wolfe began to design her own accessories and purses from vintage fabrics salvaged from thrift stores. After a tremendous response from family and friends, she developed Subversive Seamstress Designs to sell her products to the general public. Annoyed with the cheap & conformist construct of accessories and apparel in large corporate stores, she works diligently to produce distinctive, high quality pieces that will last for years to come. She also goes out of her way to make her products as unique as her customers, often adding embroidery, stencils, or silk screens to give them 'personality.'

Furthermore, aside from sewing, Hesper Wolfe also produces multi-media artwork, commonly using acrylic paint and found objects. She frequently juxtaposes painted figures or every day imagery (inspired from vintage clip art and greeting cards) with found objects, such as discarded toys, vintage doll parts, or other utilitarian pieces. Recently, she's also started to use vintage fabrics and embroidery in her art to create one of a kind art pieces.
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