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 in Blackfoot, Idaho in Artisan’s Corner Shoppe as well as 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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