Jennifer Collier has led the way in the upcycling revolution in art and craft; a veteran maker of vintage material, investigating the re-used and recycled since 1999. “Giving new life to things that would otherwise go unloved or be thrown away,” is central to her practice.
Welcome to her fantastical world, where every exquisite detail is made, folded and manipulated from paper. Once books, maps, envelopes, wallpaper or scrap, the paper is transformed into textural forms. Like cloth it is stitched to construct two or three dimensional objects. The main technique employed is stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles. The papers themselves serve as both the inspiration and the media for the work, with the narrative of the books and papers suggesting the forms, so a retro camera from vintage photos, or a sewing machine from vintage dress making patterns. To accentuate the fact the work is all stitched she incorporates many different embroidery techniques into the work, such as the covered binding, button loops, covered buttons, Cathedral Squares, Bullion Roses, pleating and patchwork to transform a pile of beautiful papers into something truly unique….
Jennifer completed a BA (Hons) in Textiles (Print, Knit & Weave) in 1999 at Manchester Metropolitan University, and has since evolved into paper, with all of the techniques she now uses being self-taught in her 16 years in business. Her work has been featured in many magazine including Vogue, Elle Decoration, Living etc, Times, Red, Eve, Marie Claire, Crafts, Embroidery, Country Living, Telegraph, Selvedge and craft&design issue 226.