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!