Love a Man Who Knows His Way Around a Sewing Machine: the Art of Colt Bowden

Colt With Press

Colt With Press

Japanese-Inspired Paper Woman

Japanese-Inspired Paper Woman

Call it a fetish if you must, but I love me a man who can sew! One such SLC man is Colt Bowden. Colt not only knows how to sew, he saves paper scraps and sews them together into beautiful art pieces. I should know, I have two of them. These pieces resemble paper dolls and are more fashion than visual art, complete with details like handbags,  shoes and capes. I’m currently attempting to save up all the religious pamphlets left on my door to have Colt make me a piece, so please send all the Jehovah’s Witnesses who stop by your house my direction.

Colt is also a master skateboarder. At one time he skated more than he made art. Now, perhaps because he is pursuing a BFA in Illustration at BYU, Colt makes art more than he skates.

Green Skateboard Guy

Green Skateboard Guy

Sewing/collage isn’t Colt’s only medium. He is also a master of letter press and is known for hand painting vintage-inspired signs. You can see them at a restaurant called Sammy’s in Provo and at Frosty Darling right downtown.  Colt also makes utterly bitchin’ three-D dudes to hang on your wall out of old skate boards. Todd’s sister Tonya bought one at a recent show.

Colt is originally from Magna – high five to him for being from the West Side. He has also lived in Hawaii, Maryland and California. Despite obvious talent with machines, Colt isn’t a lover of spending time on the computer and he makes as much art as he can by hand.

Colt has his own blog at coltbowden.blogspot.com. You can check out his letterpress stuff at voilapress.com. He active on Flickr and I love to see his photos there. Or you can see more of his stuff at http://cargocollective.com/coltbowden.

Seamed Paper Dude

Seamed Paper Dude

Skateboard Guy

Skateboard Guy

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