Featured Artist: Jen Broemel
We are pleased to announce our Featured Artist for the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show 2020 will be Jennifer Broemel. Jen is a talented young artist who delights in hand stitching, repurposing fabrics, and experimenting with different ways to manipulate cloth and thread. Jennifer will be available during the show to answer questions about her work. See her work at JenBroemel.com.
Jen Broemel Artist Bio:
I work mainly with cloth for its tactility, responsiveness, and abundance. I was originally drawn in by the process, the way in which the materials layer. The way they feel as they are worked. The way the thread and cloth come together, transforming and guiding the piece, adding texture, contrast, and comfort with every stitch.
I love the history and tradition of women's sewing and am in love with the community that surrounds and supports those who sew together.
Currently my work is falling into four categories: textile exploration with repurposed fabrics, appliqué sketches, improvisational abstractions, and embroidered cloth collage.
I am especially interested in taking cast off or everyday fabrics and working them into something unexpected, repurposing something ordinary and turning it into something special, something to cherish, and behold. I work intuitively letting my sense of the fabrics’ color, texture, and shape guide their placement and the stitches placed upon them.
I love exploring, experimenting with the different ways to manipulate the cloth with the thread, putting together and cutting apart, constructing and reconstructing, a cycle that for me symbolizes the happenstance of life.
My intention is to inspire others to look at the world around them more carefully, more mindfully, to see the extraordinary in the discarded, to notice the beauty in the mundane. And if they don't see it, to show them it is possible to look at things in a new and different way. How we see the world shapes our lives, our relationships, our actions. Let us notice the miracles of every day, every stitch. . .
EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.