Artist + author Jen Hewett picks prints & books

Reading season is in full swing, and have we got a literary treat for you! Our very own Jen Hewett has paired some of her favorite books with 20x200 prints just for us, in a sensational spin through art of all media. From powerful memoirs to bestselling novels, Jen's pairings take us on a thoughtful journey through politics, literature, and history, punctuated by a range of 20x200 editions reflective of her passion and knowledge of art in all its forms. 

An artist and author herself, Jen is a true Renaissance woman. A printmaker and textile artist by trade (with a background in English lit!), Jen's eye for pattern and design is strengthened by her finely honed skills in fiber crafts. Jen is a storyteller through her art, materials, technique, and tradition, as well as in writing. Her upcoming, buzzworthy book 
This Long Thread: Women of Color on Craft, Community, and Connection is a dazzling compendium of diverse voices, highlighting a fascinating array of remarkable artists, artisans, and innovators and their vital contributions to the history and future of the world of craft. 

Crafting itself has a long and diverse—but often disregarded—history across many cultures. One of just a few prominent women of color working in textile arts,
Jen has brought together interviews, essays, and artist profiles in This Long Thread to celebrate and elevate women of all backgrounds, culminating in a more inclusive (not to mention more accurate!) retelling of craft's past, present, and future.

Jen is a master of creating a holistic experience of art, and it’s one you won’t want to miss. You can pre-order This Long Thread (available November 16th) here. And until then, catch a tiny taste of Jen's wealth of artistic prowess in her pairings below! — Team 20x200

I’m an artist with a degree in English Literature, and an author (Print, Pattern, Sew: Block Printing Basics and Simple Sewing Projects for an Inspired Wardrobe, and This Long Thread: Women of Color on Craft, Community and Connection) who entered the world of writing through art. I’ve surrounded myself with books and art, and I can’t imagine a life without either. — Jen Hewett 

The 411 on Jen Hewett

Jen Hewett is a printmaker, surface designer, textile artist, and author based in the Hudson Valley. Jen’s work combines her love of loud prints, 1970s maximalism, and saturated colors with the textures and light of the landscapes that surround her. In addition to creating her own products, Jen designs fabric for the quilting and home sewing market, and home collections for national retailers. Her second book, This Long Thread: Women of Color on Craft, Community and Connection will be published by Roost Books this fall.

 


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