About The Artist
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Jennifer McBrien is a Baltimore textile artist who uses her sewing machine as a drawing tool to honor her fragile subjects. Trained as a painter, with only one sewing class from Junior High under her belt, she has relied on her experimentation and creative thinking skills to make her original designs for the past15 years. Her process begins with her ink drawings that are then translated through the eloquence of the stitched line. She utilizes fabrics to play with pattern, depth and transparency.
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My process begins with ink drawings from observation and photographic resources. I incorporate my drawing with the stitch line that so eloquently imitates ink marks. I am drawn to pattern fabrics that remind me of historical trends that I can interplay with my images. I am drawn to overlay and transparency leading me to experiment with a variety of fabrics from felt to organza.I am challenged by layering colors of thread to create realistic effects.