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Meet Jen Smith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jen Smith.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was raised in a creative household with a mom who is a maker and a dad who is a photographer, so tapping into that artistic part of myself came fairly naturally to me. As children, my brothers and I were encouraged to participate in the arts through music, entering items in the county fair, even making homemade gifts for the holidays. Thinking about my adult years, I clearly see I’ve been drawn to fiber arts for a long time even though it wasn’t a conscious decision. At times I’ve been a knitter and a seamstress, but starting in 2017 I took up embroidery and quickly became borderline obsessed. At the same time, living in southern California gave me a fun opportunity to develop my photography skills. There are tons of fun and beautiful places to explore both throughout LA and within hours of the city, and I’ve seen a lot of them! Pushing myself to visit and document beautiful places ignited a love of color and nature that translated to my embroidery work as well as my photography. I love how my passion for photography and embroidery work so well together, both feeding and inspiring the other one.

Please tell us about your art.
I am a fiber artist focused on embroidery. The bulk of my work is contained within embroidery hoops ranging in size from 3″ to 9″ although I have done work on paper as well as clothing. And all of my work is what I’d call color forward. I. Love. Color. At times my inspiration comes from a desire to use a certain color palette (pink and green is a favorite combo of mine), at other times inspiration comes from a photograph I’ve taken or an experience I’ve had. I stitch a lot of plants and what I’d call “scenes” of landscapes or what you might see walking around a neighborhood in LA. I stitch with joy, and I hope that comes through in my work. The thought of these special pieces I’ve created brightening peoples homes always makes me smile.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I think art, for the most part, has always been about expressing what is going on in and/or how the artist feels about the world they are living in. For me, the hope for my art is for it to bring color and joy into a space to celebrate the good or dispel some of the bad. The events and issues of today absolutely impact my art in both subtle, internal ways and bold, shout it from the mountaintops ways.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I’ve done workshops and pop ups, but the best place to see my work is on my Instagram page: @jenannhandmade. I also have an Etsy shop.

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