She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails.
— elizabeth edwards
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Jen Osborn, is a third generation maker who lives in the heart of rural Michigan. She seeks out the simple things in life like drawing, cooking, sewing, and LOTS of making. Jen has an enormous imagination, and loves nothing more than giving you a peek inside her daily creative life. She creates artwork that’s as wonderful to touch as it is to look at, and has a knack for repurposing the old with a uniquely modern twist.  In 2003 she developed an innovative mixed media technique using fire to manipulate transparency images, and has been featured in books like Artist Trading Cards, Transparent Art, and Somerset Workshop 2 among others. She's spent time among the magazine pages as both a published artist, and as a columnist while teaching her techniques online and across the U.S.; her first solo book “Mixed and Stitched: fabric inspiration for the mixed media artist” was published in 2013. She is currently branching out into licensing her art and drawings for use as illustrations, stationary, home dec items, and embroidery patterns.

Watch out, she also runs with scissors!

 

themessynest@me.com

I MYSELF AM ENTIRELY MADE OF FLAWS STITCHED TOGETHER WITH GOOD INTENTIONS.   + Augusten Burroughs +

You can download my one-sheet bio here:

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Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim!
— Tyler Knott Gregson
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will i contribute to your blog, book, or magazine?

I am ALWAYS interested in writing and making art for publications, blogs, and companies of all shapes and sizes. It's how I got started on this crazy art path, and it's still what makes my soul happy. Please understand that writing is my bread & butter and what I do to make a living; know that I'm more than okay with bartering  (accepting product, advertising or other perks in exchange for blogging or writing for you versus the green stuff). Simply drop me a line and we’ll hammer out the details.

do i teach workshops?

I’m currently available to teach online or at small venues only; I love teaching at slumber party style retreats. I have lupus, and teaching at the big events has a tendency of setting me off into stress overload and fits of hives, so I'm all about keeping it simply & intimate nowadays. I still love to teach, and promise that if I come teach at your retreat or studio, I will share all the goodness that lives inside my noodle along with all my techniques and ideas. If you are interested in having me come teach, you can email me using the link below.