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Jess Wrobel of Jwrobel




There has never been a time in my life when I wasn’t knitting or sewing. I learned those first lessons from my grandmother when I was too young to recall a beginning. It just became a part of my descriptive adjectives: long hair, green eyes, fiber addict. I love how color and texture combine to not only create beauty, but function, as well. Knitting, in particular, seems magical to me. The ability to create something from nothing is inspiring. That I can sit with a ball of string and turn it into a piece that provides beauty, warmth, and usefulness all at once is awing to me. Manipulating and combining my textiles with my experience in costuming, papercraft, and surface design is a never ending and enthralling pursuit. My aesthetic is an amalgam of my bohemian and vintage sensibilities with a good dose of classic design. Truly, the thrill is in knowing that I have made something real that is going out into the world to someone real. That is the true joy of an artisan and my guilty pleasure.

As with my fibers, I’m also addicted to my planet (air and water, good!) and my communities (clients, neighbors, virtual cohorts, brick and mortar chums, and my imaginary friends). To that end, I source my materials to be organic, fair trade, recycled, vintage, and/or re-purposed. Essentially I seek to create beautiful pieces for my clients in a way that is kind and respectful to our environment and communities, while fulfilling my own creative vision. At the end of the day, if I can send a little piece of handmade goodness out into the world, I consider it a job well done and a job well worth doing, at that.

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