Jill's Bio

How I became a weaver/fiber artist:

Infant observer - napping/playing on hand made braided wool rugs my mother made from our families out grown clothing.

Award winner – won the scholastic art award for still life oil and a found art sculpture.

From Painter to sewer - shifting to sewing and designing my own wardrobe in secondary school, college and beyond.

Designer professional – BFA in environmental design becomes interior designer.

Learner of fibers - sought out and studied with weaving teacher Mary Pendelton, and spinners Harry and Olive Linder.

Designer becomes teacher - back to university certified art teacher k -12.

Art teacher becomes sewing teacher - taught hundreds of children through adults clothing construction from A artist point of view.

Sewing teacher becomes dress maker - Heart Gallery custom sewed clothing maker and designer of wedding gowns.

Maker of new weavers – worked for many years managed yarn/fiber stores. Taught in many shops turning knitters into weavers ,spinners,with ridged heddle looms and privately with floor looms.

Fiber artist helps fiber artist - winning recognition in Santa Cruz County and nationally for my weaving, knitting, felted, and clothing that art gained me the reputation of being an inspirer and problem solver.

Weaver becomes designer - original weavings and felted pieces sold in galleries and shops in San Jose and Santa Cruz California

Fiber as therapy – listening is very important to teaching.

Spiritual - chaos finds peaceful solutions through weaving and fiber self expression.

Weaver becomes SAORI weaver - leaving stale conventional weaving behind to weave the SAORI way of free expression with no mistakes. a powerful way to remember of how to learn {and unlearn}.

Recognition in print: Simply Kniting UK Magazine 2011, Taito Finish Craft Magazine Feb 2013, Belle Armoire US 2014

E – commerce weaver - developing web site to sell my fiber art pieces, Etsy Shop, SAORI weaving equipment, yarn, classes.

My teaching schedules:

Weaver becomes blogger -


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