I-Chun Jenkins

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“Growing up in a tiny fishing village on the small island of Tawian surrounded with a rich heritage of native culture and natural beauty I became sensitive to vibrant colours and texture at an early age.

I was formally trained in textile artistry at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design where I was inspired to combine my weaving skills with my creative thoughts to push the boundaries of textile art. Each handmade piece I create is unique and original. Fredericton, New Brunswick is where I live, play and create.”

I-Chun was never one to follow tradition nor wanted to duplicate any piece of work so she looked at working with non-traditional weaving material and ways to create one of kind pieces of art. Her love of magazines, nature and protecting the environment lead her to an artist’s logical conclusion. She decided to reuse the magazines by using the pages as her material source for her weaving and art work. Pages are meticulously cut, sliced, weaved, crocheted or folded together to create a one of a kind piece of art work.

An honors graduate in Textile Design from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in 1994, she began her career in the fibre arts weaving scarves and shawls using yarn that she dyed in the traditional Japanese wrap dyeing technique known as IKAT. Between 1992 and 1997 she received numerous grants and awards for her work both as a student and as a professional fibre artist. In 2013, after a 15 year hiatus raising her children and running her own café in Fredericton, she set-up a home studio to return to art making.

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