Paper pioneer Jennifer Collier creates exquisite sculptures from vintage, recycled materials coupling it with the art of stitching; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles. The papers serve as both the inspiration and the media for the work, with the narrative suggesting the forms. Through this marriage of unlikely materials old papers are transformed into something truly unique, delicate and complex.
Most recently Jennifer has been collecting rarely used, heritage stitches and discovering how to translate the art of lost stitches onto paper, as these techniques are an important part of our creative heritage and she wants to continue to invest time in them to keep them in the present, offering them onto future generations. Jennifer is giving new life to things that would otherwise go unused, unloved or be thrown away…
Jennifer completed a BA (hons) in Textiles (Print, Knit and Weave) in 1999 at Manchester Metropolitan University, and has had her work featured in over 60 magazines and over 15 books to date, including Thames and Hudson’s ‘Encore: The New Artisans’. Jennifer is internationally exhibited and has stocked galleries such as the Museum of Art and Design, in New York, Liberty and the V&A.
Jennifer has worked on many site specific, public arts commissions, most recently for the National Trust at Packwood House, Shugborough Hall and Coughton Court. In 2010 Jennifer founded Unit Twelve Gallery, a contemporary craft exhibition, art workshop and studio space, that hosts a regularly changing programme of high quality, contemporary craft exhibitions, as well as being home to 6 artists studio spaces.