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All About Jen

Jen is a narrative artist who uses knit/stitch to examine the world around her; highlighting her joy and frustration with 21st century reality.

Hello I’m Jen. I come from a long, long line of makers. I learnt to knit and sew from my mother, metal working from my father and to invent/tinker from my grandfather. Looking further back in my family tree there are calligraphers, shoe makers, cutlers, candlestick makers and piano makers to name just a few.

I studied Mechanical Engineering at Nottingham University and then Applied and Fine Art at Mary Ward before exploring Basketry at the City Lit then machine knitting and metal sculpture at Morley College.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Avant Gardeners: Jen will be showing six works at Houghton Hall from 1st May to 25th September 2022 as part of the Avant Gardeners Exhibition created by Contemporary and Country shown alongside the permanent collection of sculptures from world renowned artists such as Richard Long, Rachel Whiteread and Henry Moore

Previous Exhibitions

‘Working with tree bark’, guest speaker at the Knit & Stitch showsOct & Nov 2021
Knitted Lives project, Framework Knitters MuseumOctober 2021
2nd International Micro Textile Art Exhibition;
Ivano-Frankivs’k, Ukraine
June 2021
Winter Show at Thrown Contemporary, London, UKNov 20 – Jan 21
Gallery «Klostertorkel» in Maienfeld , GermanyDecember 2020
Unframed, Kunstraum Gallery, Winterthur, SwitzerlandOctober 2020
Knitting and stitching show textile galleriesOct & Dec 2019
Be Creative MagazineDecember 2019
Craft Business MagazineNovember 2019
450th Anniversary of guild of basketry,
Weaving the cycle of life
February 2019
Embroidery MagazineJan/Feb 2019
Basketmakers Association MagazineSeptember 2018
Angel of History, Burgh House, LondonFebruary 2018
Bloomsbury Festival, LondonNovember 2016
LGBT Exhibition, Mary Ward, LondonNovember 2015
Letter in Mind, Oxo Tower, LondonOctober 2015 – 18
Secret Lives, 5th base gallery, LondonJuly 2015
Beauty in Imperfection, Asylum gallery, LondonJune 2015
Influence & Interplay, Burgh House, LondonDecember 2014

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