Bragging Rights - Kilani

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We love bragging about you. That's why we've started an interview series where we feature some of our biggest fans. We want everyone to get a peek at the amazing work they're doing and be inspired, because they're seriously some of the coolest people we've ever met.

Today we're bragging about Kilani.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

I'm a 30-something who wears vintage dresses, embroiders, knits, reads too much, collects zines, and goes to punk shows and goth clubs. I'm also a member of my local aquarium and the captain of a Skeeball team, the Seattle Skee-belles!

    What is your hidden talent?

    I taught my 3 cats to sit and give high fives. When they feel like it.

    What is the coolest (or weirdest) thing you've ever done?

    I'm a retired rollergirl - former Junkyard Doll of the Charm City Roller Girls in Baltimore! Paige Fault #404. I've also shaken hands with an octopus.

    The song that's currently in your head?

    Wildflowers - Tom Petty

    The book you share with all your friends?

    The Soul of an Octopus, Sy Montgomery. (You can find it HERE.)
    For the non-tentacle-y inclined, I also love comics, and two of my favorites are The Wicked + The Divine (which just ended), and Matt Fraction's Hawkeye

    What superlative would you give yourself? (ex. Most Likely to Become a Cat Lady)

    Does Feminist Killjoy count as a superlative? I have it tattooed on my thigh. Maybe Most Likely to Organize Her Zine Collection into Binders. 7 Binders and counting. 

    What embroidery project are you most proud of?

    I gave a piece to my mother-in-law for Christmas, and then borrowed it to enter it into the DC State Fair. It was their first year of having a Craft Contest and I came in 2nd! My MIL passed away last year, so it's a bittersweet memory, but she was so proud to say she owned an award-winning piece of art. I'm also quite partial to my first two projects from Studio MME, the Girl in the Woods, and my DC Cherry Blossoms. As you can tell, I'm a pretty proud former DC-resident, and those cherry blossoms are how I first found your work! Now I'm on the West Coast and am just as excited when I find your kits in shops across the country. (I think its 4 now?)

    Want to see more by Kilani? Check out her Instagram account.

    Want to be interviewed next? Send an email at megan@poplushembroidery.com with a link to your social media, website, etc so we can be amazed by your work.


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