Jennifer McBrien

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  • About This Artist

    My work honors endangered and ignored birds and plants. I am a fiber artist, who uses freehand-machine and hand embroidery with applique techniques on found, vintage, and certified organic fabrics to make my narrative wall hangings, decor pillows, handbags, housewares, and accessories. I make ecological choices to keep my work sustainable with small-batch, high quality, and eco-friendly production and packaging while keeping items that are affordable to add joy and delight to everyday life.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: My process begins with ink drawings from observation and photographic resources. I use freehand-machine and hand embroidery with appliqué techniques on found, vintage, and certified organic fabrics and felt to make my narrative wall hangings, decor pillows and handbags. I find my vintage fabrics and vintage embroidery hoops from amazing donations, on ebay, and antique shops . I also have an account with two organic cotton fabric distributors that are in the United States. All of my handbags are my original design that I have figure out through experimentation. I do my absolute best to only purchase my sewing materials from local, small businesses and American made products. I make ecological choices to keep my work sustainable with small batch, high quality and eco-friendly production and packaging. It takes me about 12 - 20 hours to complete one piece.

    A: My wall hangings can be a great conversation piece, that needs to have a good place for the viewer to be able to get up close to it to see the detailed stitching. I hang many of my pieces as a group, with other bird and pant pieces. My pillows can look very eloquent on a complementary couch or chair. I actually know clients of mine that have special hanging places for my messenger and tote bags to be as a work of art when they are not being used!

    A: I was a painter from the early 1980s through the early 2000s. I traded in my paintbrush for a sewing machine then to change up my style and to "throw a monkey wrench" into my artist career. I only had one sewing class in my life, and that was my eighth grade home economics class for one quarter of the school year! I have taught myself how to draw and create my fiber products completely on my own. I just recently took an embroidery workshop at Penland School of Craft two years ago.



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