Posts Tagged ‘art


Tranquility: The Show

Some of you have asked to see photos of the works in my recent show; here’s a photo I snapped of each quickly amidst the crowd on Friday night:

I don’t have exact dimensions on each piece, but I can tell you that they are all around 40 inches wide.

I think the most efficient way to tell you guys about the work is to share the artist’s statement I posted at the show:
Textile works by Jennifer Schmitz

The journey toward tranquility, for me, began a while back. The work in this series was born out of the need for a new way to work and a new focus on rest and gratitude.

Nearly five years ago, I decided to stop working with chemical dyes. At the time, it was a temporary decision based on the fact that I was pregnant. I had a large stash of hand-dyed fabric from which to work, and figured that I would dye again soon enough. At some point I determined, in the interest of my health, the safety of my family, and the preservation of our planet, to move on from chemicals completely, and opted instead to explore more natural ways of getting color and pattern on fabric. I have experimented with tea, coffee, molds, and now indigo to achieve results on cotton fabric. The fabrics in this series were all dyed or stained using one of these methods.

Tranquility is not about having things just right but about learning to be content with what you have. In the busyness of our lives, I think we lose sight of the grace we have, the beauty around us, and all that God has given us. Take just a few minutes to slow down and think of someplace that is tranquil for you tonight, and remember to be thankful for all the gifts you have been given.


Tranquility: Tomorrow Night

I’m so sorry for my recent absence, but I have been very hard at work preparing for a show. I will have five new works on display tomorrow night for First Friday in the Crossroads at the Imago, 217 W 19th Terrace, Kansas City, MO from 6 to 9 pm. If you are in the area, drop by; I’d love to see you.

I do promise that I will be back in this space regularly next week; in the mean time, I’m heading back to work. The last piece still needs to be assembled!


Feeling Loved

I made this fabric book for a print making project when I was in undergrad at KU. It’s about the seasons. I chose an image and a color to represent each season, and I sewed the entire thing together so it opens, alternately, up and down and side by side. I understand that the construction is a little odd, and truthfully, the project was not all that well received in critique or by the professor. I hung onto it anyway; I had worked hard on it. Even though the concept of the book was not entirely successful, the execution and craft were pretty strong, and I was certain I would use it later, for something.

:: Summer

:: Fall

:: Winter

:: Spring

:: The final page, a reprint of the cover with the season images shifted one slot in rotation.

I got the book out for the boys to play with when the toddler was a baby. It did not hold either of their interest much at all and ended up spending a lot of time at the bottom of the toy box. A few weeks ago I was cleaning up in the preschoolers room and found the book in his bed with all his blankets (I think there’s 7 of them…) and pillows. I held it up and asked him, “Have you been sleeping with this.” He smiled and said, “Yes.” Guess one of my two most important clients decided it was just right.