Jen Hewett {Podcast Episode # 105}

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.

Spring 2016. Limited-edition Field Bag for Fringe Supply Co. Fabric designed and silkscreened by Jen Hewett.

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:

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts 

Renegade Craft Fair

Victoria and Albert Museum

Makeshift Society

Handcraft Studio

Midwest Craft Con


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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Comments 4

  1. I really enjoyed this episode! Jen has such a bright and lovely creative spirit! I’m very excited to explore her work more. This is one of my favorite podcasts. Keep up the great work!

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  3. Really wonderful episode! It is always wonderful to discover another bay area artist. Really looking forward to block printing with her soon!

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