Art-On: Ben Venom, Heavy Metal Quilter

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  • Photo: Margo Moritz

Ben Venom makes quilts out of heavy metal T-shirts. Before dismissing that as a straight-to-Urban Outfitters trend craft, you've got to see this stuff. The quilts are huge, intricate, and way too brutal for mass consumption. His artist statement calls it a “collision of Iron Maiden Metal ballads with the outrageous stage antics of Ozzy Osbourne.”

The San Francisco-based Venom is coming to Nashville in June to give an artist's talk at The Frist and lead a two-day quilt-making workshop in conjunction with Watkins. I've already cleared my calendar those few days (June 14-16) and am taking my sewing machine out of storage for the occasion. Watch a video of Venom and scroll through images of his work after the jump.


Dont Wake Me Lucifer!, Ben Venom
  • "Don't Wake Me Lucifer!," Ben Venom


Am I Demon?, Ben Venom
  • "Am I Demon?," Ben Venom


Listen to Heavy Metal While You Sleep!, Ben Venom
  • "Listen to Heavy Metal While You Sleep!," Ben Venom


Raised by Wolves, Ben Venom
  • "Raised by Wolves," Ben Venom


See You on the Other Side, Ben Venom / 155” x 175” / Hand-made Quilt, Heavy Metal T-Shirts, Fabric, Batting, Thread
  • "See You on the Other Side," Ben Venom / 155” x 175” / Hand-made Quilt, Heavy Metal T-Shirts, Fabric, Batting, Thread


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