As a young girl, I would go to the fabric store with my mother and become mesmerized by all the different prints and patterns covering all the different textiles. I wanted to take all of them home and create new pillows, drapes, clothes and anything I could imagine. It seemed inevitable that textile design would become my passion. I am attracted to pattern of any kind, and nature is the best example of naturally occurring pattern. It serves as the base of inspiration for most of my designs. I feel nature is something in which everyone can make a connection. My design process is created through sketches, paintings, and linoleum block prints. The art of carving the linoleum blocks is as enjoyable to me as printing with it. I am driven to design functional work and enjoy making things that people can use in everyday life.
Jennifer was born and raised in Cookeville, Tennessee. She graduated from Tennessee Technological University and The Appalachian Center for Craft studying Fibers and Fashion Merchandising. She has served as a studio assistant at Arrowmont School of Craft and an ongoing guest lecturer in the Human Ecology department at Tennessee Tech.