Jennifer A. Schultz is a textile and book artist rooted in the upper Midwest of the United States. She worked for 15 years in the fine arts as a curator and critic, before devoting all of her creative energy to producing her own work. Now an artist and teacher, Jennifer focuses her design skills and love for the vast nuances of color on creating works within three driving themes: Storytelling/Activism, Place, and Domesticity.
As a sewing teacher Jennifer specializes in working with youth and in particular girls, helping students confront stymieing cultural messages about body image and “relevant” fashion, to unlock unselfconscious freedom of expression through clothing design and experimentation. Classes range from Beginning Sewing to Upcycled Fashion and Art Quilting.
As an artist Jennifer is the recipient of a Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship through the Textile Center of MN, and a graduate of the Altered Esthetics Solo Exhibition Program for emerging artists. She is a former regional representative for the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), and a member of the Surface Design Association. She is presently pursuing her certificate in Book Arts at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, MN. Her work has progressed from two- to three-dimensional over the past two years, exploring themes including Alzheimers, and throw-away culture, in pursuit of more intimate or tactile relationships between art work and viewer.
Jennifer’s techniques include hand-dyeing, eco-dyeing and rust-dyeing found and commercial fabrics; hand and machine stitching; digital fabric design; encaustic, needle-felting and embellishing.