I was raised in a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania. I have always been an artist. I began drawing and hand sewing clothes for my stuffed animals as early as age five. My father taught me to use a sewing machine and my mother encouraged me to embroider, knit and crochet. I drew prolifically throughout high school and won many awards for my surrealism, portraits and photography.
I attended Clarion University and studied art history, design basics, drawing, and sculpture before moving to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where I earned my degree as an Optician. I worked for several years in the eye-care industry but never strayed from my artistic roots. During this time I drew, painted, threw pottery, created sculptures, made clothing and designed embroidery.
I started designing embroidery in my early twenties and later joined the Embroiderer’s Guild of America to further my knowledge. I learned the art of tatted lace-making during one of our meetings around 2001. Tatting is a type of knotted lace that took me several years to become comfortably skilled at. I began designing my own lace patterns in 2006. I integrated my embroidery and tatting skills with my artistic ability to create small works of fiber art that I call “butterfly gardens”. I also started to design jewelry patterns that began as casual lace and quickly evolved into intricate wearable art.
In 2009 I opened my online Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter to work as a fiber artist. My work has been sold through my online shop and privately to people all over the world for nearly 10 years now. I also belonged to the Blue Heron Art Gallery for two years up until 2011. Currently, my work can be found online.
Being an artist brings me a satisfying sense of peace. I have been dealing with a difficult neurological condition that progressed to a disability several years ago so my work has become more to me than a way to earn a little money. It has become a soothing outlet for my imagination. Even when I am struggling with my illness, I can quietly tie knots and think of new designs. I always want to push the boundaries with my lace-making and embroidery. Over the past few years I have begun to embroider paintings and started drawing again. In 2017 I began to explore digital drawing and painting.
I try to display much of my work here as well as my Facebook page. I like to post progress photos for more extensive works and write the background thoughts that came to me as I created a particular piece.
I create work for bridal parties and frequently fulfill custom requests for my jewelry. If you have any questions regarding what I do or would like to request something in a specific size, color, or style, please contact me through this website, my Etsy shop, or at email@example.com. My original designs are not available as patterns or tutorials at this time. I may write a book someday when tying knots is not as much of an option but for now I want to continue to protect the rights to my work.
I hope my art is beautiful and refreshing to you. It is truly a delight for me to design and create.
Jennifer Kohr AKA Snappy Tatter!
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