Artist Statement
Jennifer Spilly, Jen Spilly Designs
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San Rafael, CA

I grew up watching my grandmother and mother sew clothes for themselves, my sister and me. Some of my fondest childhood memories are punctuated by the whir of a sewing machine in the background. I remember sleepover evenings sitting at my grandmother's immaculately polished dinner table learning to hand-sew and embroider.

As a college student I finally learned how to use a sewing machine – it was only a matter of time! Though I've sewn as a hobby over the years, it wasn't until my children were born that I really discovered the vast community of modern sewers out there who truly inspire me. These days I feel so lucky to have the time to design and hand-craft my own work. Paired with my combined background in Museum and Theater Management, it was a natural move to become one of the cofounders of Marin Handmade. I'm thrilled to be an integral part of this community promoting and providing inspiration for those who create with their hands and appreciate the handmade work of others.

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