Jenny Boccardo: Wool Needlefelt Painter
Jenny began exploring textile arts as a child, learning to sew, knit, embroider and quilt along with other traditional “womanly art forms,” from her mother and grandmothers. The art critics and collector, of days gone by, never really accepted these traditional art forms until recently and she is thrilled to have discovered the needle felting technique and wool as a medium, at a time when textile arts are seeing a renaissance.
Jenny has always been drawn to wild places and the textures of the landscape. She studied horticulture and landscape design at University and painted with plants and flowers while creating gardens for clients and community. She started needle felting with wool, using traditional painting techniques, in 2014. The endless colors and incredible textures of the various wool roving and yarns provide a marvelous palette to “paint” with. She finds the newness of the art form exciting and enjoys the challenge of discovering new techniques.
Jenny’s work has been quickly recognized for its uniqueness and she has shown her work in many juried, small collaborative and solo shows. Her work has found homes in many private collections nationwide.