About the Artist
Jennifer was born in Scotland in 1961. Some of her earliest memories are of painting with her Granny Smith at the family farm in rural Perthshire. Agnes Smith was a gifted artist who exhibited in juried shows. She gave Jennifer a love of painting and an awareness of looking at things carefully.
Growing up, Jennifer was rarely without a sketchbook or paint. Jennifer graduated from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh as an Occupational Therapist in 1982. She has incorporated art therapeutically in the areas of mental health and palliative care throughout her career. Jennifer came to Canada in 1984 when she married her husband, Stuart.
Jennifer started to sell her work in 1992 in Paris, Ontario. Watercolour was her medium until 2009, when she was introduced to needle felting. It was love at first sight. She continues to experiment and have fun with wool. She describes her work as Woolscapes, landscapes created with wool. They have also been described as felted paintings as the end result does look like a painting. Jennifer has exhibited in Canada and in Scotland.
Her work is in private collections in the U.K, Canada and Australia. Her work can be found at her in home Woolscapes Gallery at 35, Jane St in Paris by chance or appointment.
Jennifer creates an image using wool rovings. They come in many colours and rich hues. The wool rovings are attached to a piece of pure wool fabric using a very sharp felting needle.
When the image is complete, the piece is placed on a sheet of bubble wrap which is laid on top of a towel. Jennifer then places a piece of screen on the piece. The wet felting can begin using very hot water and soap. The agitation of the hot water, soap, and bubble wrap cause the fibres to shrink. The piece is then hung to dry and Jennifer then embellishes the piece with hand embroidery.
It is a very satisfying process. During the wet felting stage, things can shift and change. So, one is never really sure how the piece will look! It is all part of the mystery and fun of felting.