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Jennifer Best

Jennifer Best

Brooklyn, NY, US

 

About 

I'm a 27 year old artist based in Brooklyn. My work is primarily in fibers and illustration. My interests (obsessions!) include sealife (any and all), memories, Disney, DIY projects.
My work is based around fragmented memories of time past, of things that the mind tries to piece together to form a solid memory. Everyone remembers different aspects of an event, usually the parts that have impacted them the most. While some of my work is based off of personal memories I also draw inspiration from those around me and hope  that others can form a bond with my pieces based on their own personal experiences. By bringing in their own experiences they can draw different imagery and conclusions towards the work.
I am interested in the process of making the work, just as much as the end result. I work in heavily time consuming ways which help to bring the piece into a different light then it may have originally been imagined. Maybe just as the mind can fragment a memory, it can fragment and morph an idea into something you never expected. I am drawn towards working in with fiber material because of the intimacy I am forced to have. The closeness and relationship I form with each new piece helps me to understand and work through my ideas as it unfolds. I am always interested in new techniques and ways to push my work and thinking to the next level.
I want to be a puppet builder because it embodies everything in a career and lifestyle that I could ever dream of. The puppet world is where I want to be now, and for as long as I can still sit and sew. I want to be able to help create the wonder and happiness that I was so drawn to as a child, and bring that to the children of now, and the future. Right now the search is on for the right home for me and my puppets to live, grow and create.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Manhattan Wardrobe Supply, New York, NY, US, Sales Rep/Website Editor

-Photograph and edit products for website
-Send out weekly promotions and new product advertisements
-Receive orders and work with customers
-Hand draw merchandise for website
-Create store signage.

Aug 2011 - current
 

Make a Frame, Brooklyn, NY, US, Framer

Helping customers design frames that work best with their artwork
Answering the phone and quoting prices for customers
Matting and mounting of artwork
Fitting and finishing final pieces
Showing customers their finished pieces and processing payments

Feb 2011 - Jul 2011
 

Limestone Inc, Chicago, IL, US, Office Administrator

Answering the phone and working with customers on orders
Invoicing orders and creating shop tickets and drawings
Inventory and shop hour data entry
Organizing papers, invoices and shop tickets
Entering bills into Excel
Processing payments
Organizing owner’s schedule and personal finances

May 2009 - Nov 2010
 

Frame It, Brooklyn, NY, US, Office Manager/Framer

Running the factory and making sure everything was done on time and correctly
Ordering supplies and invoicing
Working with customers, other frame shops and vendors
Bookkeeping, including writing and receiving checks, managing the check book
Working with customers to help pick out the appropriate frame for their piece
Mating and mounting artwork, using a Fletcher mat machine
Shipping and packing art prints to other frame shops
Fitting and joining frames
Canvas transfer, transferring paper prints onto canvas
Hiring and training new employees

Jan 2008 - Jan 2009
 

Education 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Bachelors, Fibers and illustration

I worked primarily in the Fibers and Illustration Departments. Working on hand embroidery and weaving. Also creating my own Comic books and book binding.

Sep 2006 - Dec 2010
 

Skills 



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