Danny Mansmith

I first discovered Danny Mansmith on my way to eat breakfast at a little restaurant in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago. On Damen Avenue there are all these great little shops that are half underground, the front windows peeking above the street. One of these windows is elaborately decorated in all kinds of sewn items: clothing, neck pieces, decorative sewn shapes. They all have a very distinctive style: lots of random fabrics, quilting, sewn details, buttons, asymmetrical details, large statement pieces. There is an elegance to the randomness and you can tell that Danny really knows how to use fabric and shape, and also that he has a wild imagination.

You can see all of his work on his website, including his marker drawings, sculpture, and papercuts.

*UPDATE* Danny just informed me that he is soon moving from his space on Damen and will continue to create from home, so stop by to see his place while you can!

Danny Mansmith

Danny Mansmith

Danny Mansmith

Danny Mansmith

Danny Mansmith

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6 Responses to “Danny Mansmith”


  1. 1 spudart 08.10.2009 at 11:57 am

    Ooo. Which shop was this on Damen? I’d like to see these in person.

  2. 2 {fill in the blank} Gallery 08.10.2009 at 12:12 pm

    I don’t know if his shop is open to the public, but it is located on Damen near Ainslie on the East side of the street. His website has contact information if you want to set up an appointment, or just walk by it, his window display changes often!

  3. 3 Tara 08.10.2009 at 2:26 pm

    I love Danny’s work. He is a master of all things fabric!

  4. 4 C.L.Meisinger 08.10.2009 at 4:34 pm

    So gorgeous. i absolutely love his work. he deserves all the success and adoration he receives.

  5. 5 a. favorite 08.10.2009 at 6:37 pm

    i was fortunate enough to visit danny’s studio recently. its a magical wonderland of goodies! the walls are covered with his amazing works. he’s delightful to talk with & listen to the stories of his creations. so very inspiring. the only hard part of the visit was deciding which piece to purchase…

  6. 6 Suella 08.10.2009 at 9:18 pm

    Lovely stuff!
    So very inspirational. Thanks Danny, you are the best!

    I hope your move home will go as smoothly as possible. Will you be able to accomodate all your lovely pieces?


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