Jen Swearington

Jen Swearington grew up in rural Indiana, drawing since she was little. She studied fine art and art history, earning a BFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute in 1997 and MFA in Fibers from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2000, spent a year as Artist in Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and then settled in Asheville, NC. In 2003, she started sewing original apparel pieces and printing her illustrations on them, founding Jennythreads Studio, by which she has since made an independent, creative living. In 2013, her comprehensive how-to manual, “Printing on Fabric: Techniques with Screens, Stencils, Inks and Dyes” was published by Lark Crafts. Beginning spring of 2018, Swearington traveled abroad for several month-long art residencies in Bulgaria, Mexico, Finland, and Greece. On these adventures, she filled sketchbooks with drawings and created collapsible carousel pop-up books that could travel back in her carry-on suitcase. In March 2020, Swearington relocated to Charleston and continues her creative journey here on the coast as a 2021 Gibbes Museum Visiting Artist. Swearington is also an avid trail runner and SC Journeyman Beekeeper whose four beehives on James Island produce Jennybees honey.