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Meet Our Newest Guest Blogger: Jewelry Artist Jennifer Kahn

Written by Jennifer Kahn on . Posted in The Arts

Jennifer in her studio. Photo by Matt Thorsen.

My name is Jennifer Kahn, I’m a jewelry artist living in Johnson, and I spend a lot of time in Burlington.

I went to the University of Vermont, graduated in 2001 and never left Vermont. That same year I worked at Frog Hollow on Church Street and met jewelry artist Celie Fago. I spent nine years as her apprentice/teaching assistant.

I’ve sold my work at craft shows and in galleries across Vermont and been included in exhibits in the United States, United Kingdom and Japan. My work and writing have been featured in top jewelry magazines and several books, including the cover of the Lark book called “Stitched Jewels.” Last year I made a “Repairing Vermont” pendant and raised more than $3,000 for the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund. You can see my jewelry at Trinket (32 1/2 Church Street) and online at jenkahn.etsy.com, and my holiday show schedule at jenniferkahnjewelry.com.

While the jewelry world is wonderful, it’s the fashion world that fascinates me. I don’t mean the fashion of Hollywood or New York City or that of trendy magazines. I mean unique clothing and accessories, often handmade, mostly local, and consisting of natural, eco-friendly or sustainably sourced materials. It’s the fashion of many of my friends, colleagues and customers, and all the fashion “conscience” folks in this great state. It’s akin to the way that a localvore/foodie feels about food.

Jennifer's studio in Burlington.

I love Vermont, and while I’m not the biggest fan of cold temperatures, I have yet to find a place I’d rather call home. Vermonters are so supportive of handmade, and the sense of community is so strong here. In these times, it’s hard to feel connected, to feel meaning; things are so anonymous and mass-produced, so much is artificial. It seems to me that the people here want real things, and they want to know who made them and where they came from.

These leg warmers by Nicole's Threads are upcycled from a vintage sweater, a great example of the kinds of items I'll be posting here.

My aim is to make jewelry that lasts year after year and goes with all kinds of styles. These same ideals are true of many Vermont artists and designers. I participate in local craft/art shows and have met a lot of these talented people and enjoy adding their work to my clothing/accessory collection. I can’t wait to introduce them to you here!

I’m so pleased to write this blog for Vermont Life. I intend to include tips on how to be a savvy shopper, how to put outfits together and DIY projects, and I plan to feature Vermont designers, focusing on handmade and eco-friendly whenever possible. I’ll include posts on current trends as well as classic styles and do interviews with Vermont boutique owners. I’m excited!

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