Jen Hewett is a San Franciscan printmaker, surface designer and textile artist. I ran across her work during her Print, Pattern, Sew series. Since I had made a few garments myself and taken two block printing classes, Jen was combining two of my budding interests into one personal challenge. She would often make pieces with large scale objects, which is also a passion of mine. A fortuitous meeting at Craftcation gave me the opportunity to hear more of her personal journey and left me with the desire to learn more about her.
Jen grew up in Los Angeles, born to a Filipino mother and African American father. Excelling in her academic studies, she went to the University of California at Berkeley, was a Regent’s Scholar and received a degree in English literature and French. After college, she worked as a graphic designer, consultant and owned a card making business.
During our discussion, we talk about her personal challenges such as Print, Pattern, Sew along with her 52 Weeks of Printmaking. We didn’t touch on her newest challenge (52 Weeks of Printmakers) but it’s also a fantastic series! We delve into the importance of self confidence while making, the sensitivity to nuance created when in between “worlds”, how anxiety can shape creative work, and more. I hope you enjoy our conversation.
Notes from the Show:
This episode is sponsored by Hunter’s Design Studio. Check out Sam’s newest pattern: General Organa. A “pay what you will” pattern designed to honor Princess Leia with the proceeds going to Chick Tech, a nonprofit dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers.
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