Jennifer with Phoebe, her late mother-in-law
Jennifer is a London based British patchwork quilt maker who was taught by her late Texan mother-in-law after losing both parents in quick succession in 2011. From bereavement to business patchwork put the pieces of Jennifer's life back together again
Her practice seeks to blur the boundaries between craft and art and Jennifer uses traditional patchwork methods passed down to her by her late mother-in-law; as was the tradition whereby the knowledge of quilt making was passed down from one woman to another.
She is an expert in making Wedding Quilts including Autograph/Signature quilts, Keepsake Memory Quilts and Memorial Quilts from the clothing of a loved one who has passed away.
Jennifer's work is deeply rooted in history and narrative and she spends hours researching historical documents thinking about the significance of the names and stories behind quilts and patterns dated from 1750 to 1950; which she re-interprets with a contemporary aesthetic.
Jennifer works to commission and is continuously researching, developing new ideas and making. She is an indigo dyer and combines the ancient practice of Shibori in her work. You can find out more about commissioning Jennifer here
If you are seeking to commission a memorial quilt made from the clothing of someone you have lost then you have come to the right place. Having lost both parents, Jennifer fully understands the importance of your loved ones clothing meaning more to you than cloth. Her training as a therapist makes Jennifer the perfect sensitive quilt-maker to take care of your precious clothing to create a quilt to help you with your grief just as quilts helped Jennifer. You can find out more about Jennifer's memorial quilts here
Jennifer believes quilts are very intimate and personal and so her quilts are only available handmade to order so she can hold each client in mind as she stitches each handmade quilt. Jennifer's quilts are made to be hung on the wall or draped over the bed.
She see quilts as keepers of stories, textile documents that hold their own stories; past, present and future. Jennifer believes it as an honour to be a part of this story with her clients.Her artisan work has a timeless elegance and is unique in its combination of cloth and colour. It is art made to be functional and to last several lifetimes as a family heirloom.
Jennifer's fine bespoke handmade quilts are well sort after and she make bespoke quilts for private and commercial clients. Jennifer's work has been featured on ITV, in World of Interiors, House and Garden, Country Homes and Interiors, Period Living Magazine, British Patchwork and Quilting and Love Patchwork and Quilting magazines to name a few.
Jennifer's distinct handmade quilts and hand stitched cushions are known for geometry, colour, nostalgia, function and a sense of home along with an Amish simplicity.