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Jennifer Berger

“Seeing the finished product and seeing how closely it resembles my original sketch inspires me. I have scads of notebooks and papers with sketches of various things I either made or want to make.”

When you see something fiber artist Jennifer Berger has created, you know it’s something unique. Her knitted and felted animals and monsters stand out for their texture, their design and their quality.

“I design my own patterns and developed my own style and techniques to get the look I am after,” she said.

Her work started in 1996 with, of all things, Christmas stockings. She began knitting the stockings, and then was introduced to felting, one of the earliest known forms of textile processing. After felting stockings for a while, “I decided I needed to make ornaments to go with them,” Jennifer said. “I started with snowmen (which I still make) and things just progressed from there. As I developed and learned new techniques, my range of items expanded and changed.”

Now she creates a whole zoo of puff-faced animals and colorful monsters that are as fun and interesting scattered around a child’s bedroom as they are displayed on a living room coffee table.

And that zoo continues to grow.

“I’m always open to suggestions of things to make or how to change something I already make,” said Jennifer. “When I find a better way to do something, I will redesign if necessary. Sometimes that works, and other times I go back to the original design. I am always updating patterns.”

A relatively new Hoosier, Jennifer has been a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen in basketry since 1989. She found Indiana Artisan while looking for a similar organization and to broaden her market.

“I am honored to be selected to be part of Indiana Artisan,” she added.