collage drawing of boy with goofy teeth and big starey eyes with the words Namaste the day eh!

Jen Cantwell

Jen Cantwell is a multi-disciplinary illustrator, artist, designer and maker.

Her work uses collage, drawing, type and embroidery alongside on and off-line technology to communicate in an interactive, playful and experimental way. Jen works across mediums making analog/digital collage and site specific/responsive pieces.

Influenced by a love of the democratic artforms and tools that are found and used in DIY pop culture she finds inspiration in everything from mid century graphic design to newspaper headlines, zines, song lyrics and found ephemera. She has a special interest in the typography, symbols and hand embroidery used in political protest and trade union banners.

Recent work has concentrated on embroidered drawings and augmented reality. Jen has taught and facilitated many workshops and classes in art, design and making. Her teaching has a focus on repurposing and rescuing materials from landfill and finding ways of demystifying art, craft and design processes to make them accessible economically and physically, to all.

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