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My Bio

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Jennifer Hammond Landau

 

Watercolor, illustration, and graphic facilitation are the foundation of Jennifer’s work, even in fiber. The essential drivers are composition, balance of values, and layering of visual information/texture.

 

Illustration and graphic facilitation have pushed Jennifer to get to the essence of composition and message. With watercolor has come the discipline of layering and light.

Current works in fiber embrace needle and knitted felting, quilting, and embellishment with embroidery, beads, found materials, and polymer clay elements, often incorporating drawn or watermedia images. Fabrics range from scruffy scraps of traditional prints to self-printed cloth, made with an ink jet printer and specialty fiber pastels. A hike in Squaw Valley can result in a needle-felted wall hanging based around an insect-etched stick and mossy bark. A watercolor crayon sketch of a skier dropping into a powder line ends up with pink netting clouds above a backdrop of blue quilted peaks, and snow embellished with pearl beads.

Her history of cartooning shows in the ordinary, and often humorous, subjects Jennifer uses in her work, from watercolors of sprouting potatoes to oversized polymer clay ski goggles.

 

 Jennifer’s work has been dually shaped by city and mountain, given her upbringing in Mill Valley and on Donner Summit, and current residence in San Francisco and Squaw Valley. Largely self-taught, Jennifer appreciates the power and freedom of her personally sourced artistic journey. Her earliest memories involve paper and HB pencils, cloth and thread – the tools of a visionary architect/artist father and practical seamstress mother. She took this heritage into the professional world for 30 years as a pioneer of graphic facilitation. In parallel Jennifer maintained a lifetime practice in fine arts, beginning in oils at her grandmother’s knee, and then textiles, sculptural polymer clay, and watermedia in adulthood

 

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