About The Artist
Juniper Wolfenbarger •
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My name is Juniper, and I am a transgender neurodivergent artist living in Ypsilanti, MI. I taught myself how to hand embroider in 2017, and since then, I have been pushing the limits of what embroidery can do. My foundation in other mediums, such as painting, collage, and illustration, influences my embroidery work greatly. My artwork tells the stories of my life and experiences. I focus on subjects of queerness, transness, transformation, feeling out of place and finding spaces of belonging. I favor imagery of gendered clothing, sentimental objects, insects, sea life, plants, and occasionally bodies. I also create small pieces and patches on commission that feature all kinds of subject matter. The process of hand embroidery is slow and methodical. When creating pieces that have a deep personal connection, that process allows me to sit with my emotions and work through them in the process of making. The process of making is very important and dear to me.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
I create all of my work in my intimate home studio in Ypsilanti, MI. My primary fiber method is hand embroidery, though I also dabble in felting, knitting and weaving. Hand embroidery is a time consuming method, where every stitch is placed by hand with a single needle. I work with six strand embroidery floss (or thread) that can be separated into individual strands, resulting in different textures. I typically work with 2-3 strands of thread at a time, making the process slower, but ultimately creating an even, flat texture. I also frame many of my pieces myself, in antique or restored frames I’ve collected. If a piece is unframed, it is typically mounted on felt and hung directly on the wall. Other pieces, such as small patches, are either worn on clothes or hung in small vintage frames.