Paper pioneer Jennifer Collier creates exquisite sculptures from vintage recycled materials in conjunction with stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles, and a way of giving new life to things that would otherwise be thrown away. The papers serve as both the inspiration and the media for the work, with the narrative suggesting the forms. Through this marriage of unlikely materials old papers are transformed into something truly unique, delicate and complex. Each work has the power to communicate ideas about recycling, as well as themes exploring the body and literature.
Most recently Jennifer has been collecting rarely used, heritage stitches and discovering how to translate the art of lost stitches onto paper. These techniques are an important part of our creative heritage and she wants to continue to invest time in them to keep them in the present, offering them onto future generations.
Since graduating in Textiles from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1999, Jennifer has regularly exhibited her work in a number of solo and group shows across the UK and abroad. She has received a range of commissions, from creating a dress impregnated with seeds for Q Arts in Derby, to fashioning a series of ironic fruit bowls for Craftspace Touring in Birmingham. Jennifer’s work has been awarded at major design and craft shows, receiving ‘Best In Show’ at the London Craft Show in 2006 and the BCTF Award for ‘Excellence’ in 2004.