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. This continued into my early 20’s as I attended Clarion University and studied art history, design basics, drawing, and sculpture. I eventually moved 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.
I 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. It took me several years to become comfortably skilled in the art of tatting, which is tying small knots over and over. I began designing my own lace patterns in 2006. I integrated my various skills 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 over 12 years now. I also belonged to the Blue Heron Art Gallery up until 2011. Currently, my work can only be found online.
I was featured in the October 2012 issue of Country Living and recently was featured in IOLI’s (International Organization of Lace, Inc.) yearly handout. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Being an artist brings me a satisfying sense of peace. I have been living with a difficult neurological condition that progressed to a disability several years ago, so my work has become more valuable 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. 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 and painting again. In 2017 I began to explore digital drawing and painting with much enthusiasm!
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 hope my art is beautiful and refreshing to you. It is truly a delight for me to design and create.
Jennifer (Kohr) Rickert
AKA Snappy Tatter!
email me! email@example.com
Snappy Tweeter: http://www.twitter.com/snappytatter