Jennifer Bryan - Weaving

Jennifer Bryan began her interest and love affair in weaving and fiber arts in her early twenties while live in Tunisia, North Africa.  She was introduced to weaving by Bedouin women living in the Sahara desert.  The type of weaving that Jennifer learned was knotted pile carpets woven on an upright loom.  The North African loom is quite similar to the Navajo loom in that it is vertical and the the warp is advanced from top to bottom.

 

On returning to the US, Jennifer got on with life by finishing her degree in nursing and putting weaving on the “back burner” for many years. Most of her nursing career was spend in the operating room as a surgical nurse.  In the late nineties she was fortunate enough to take some weaving courses at Western University in Silver City New Mexico and she has never stopped throwing the shuttle.

 

Jennifer specializes in weaving of fabrics and multi harness looms.  She has woven some tapestry style pieces, which is prevalent in New Mexico and the Southwest but prefers finer yarns and more complex loom manipulated  weaves.  She is a member of Las Arañas, a local fiber arts guild and Española Valley Fiber Arts cooperative.  She has taken courses in South Western style weaving in Taos, colcha embroidering and other fiber art related courses.

 

Jennifer, her husband, cat and dog live in Four Hills Albuquerque with her two floor looms, tri loom, inkle loom, a ton of yarn and various other weaving supples and equipment. Her other interests are gardening and walking in the hills behind her house.  Since joining Yucca Gallery, Jennifer has enjoyed meeting up with other artist and crafts people. This is the first time that she has been a member of a cooperative and appreciates the way that the members work so well with each other.

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