Paper pioneer Jennifer Collier creates exquisite sculptures from vintage materials in conjunction with stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles.
All of the work is made from recycled ephemera and end of life books, with these papers providing the materials for the work as well as the inspiration, with the narrative suggesting the forms. Through this marriage of unlikely materials Jennifer transforms old papers into something truly unique, delicate and complex.
Jennifer says, “Most recently I have 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 I want to keep them in the present, offering them onto future generations, therefore 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. She is happy to discuss commissions and has had her work featured in over 100 magazines and over 15 books to date, including Thames and Hudson’s ‘Encore: The New Artisans’. Jennifer has exhibited internationally and has stocked galleries such as the Museum of Art and Design, New York, Liberty’s and the V&A.