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 as an ongoing guest lecturer in the Human Ecology department at Tennessee Tech.
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.