Meet my pal, Jennifer. We have a mutual admiration society which spans the continent. She’s an East Coaster, and I’m on the West Coast. But, I swear, we were separated at birth! I first “met” Jen via an article in Country Living several years ago, and have been watching her do her magical, colorful, and very groovy thing ever since. She loves color, she loves vintage, and she’s got a furry white fluffball of a dog. Hello? Did I say we might have been separated at birth?
I finally had the chance to meet Jennifer in 2007 at an event we were both attending. I was a total stalker, and stopped her outside the ladies loo of the venue where the event was held. Yep, I really did. I introduced myself, and I’m not sure what all I said, but I’m sure it was something along the lines of: omigodyou’rejenniferpaganelliiloveandadoreyouwillyoubemyfriend!!!!!!??????
We’ve been friends ever since. So, without further ado, heeeeeeeeerrrrrreeee’s Jen!
Tammy: What are you most artistically gifted with, and what skills would you like to acquire?
Jennifer: I have an innate sense of wonder that is truly an amazing gift. I love creating. I love creating something that moves someone’s soul. I think that is a gift. As far as skills – always learning new things, and to remain teachable. I love learning and there is so much I can learn in design. I’d love to be a fashion designer one day.
Tammy: A fashion designer! I love it! I’d put on anything you cared to whip up – as long as it was in your fabric. Naturally.
Tammy: If you had magic powers, what three things would you make come true?
Jennifer: Great question. If I had magical powers it would be for more of us to be comfortable with ourselves; to know that we are capable of participating, and that we don’t drown ourselves in negativity.
Peace. I’d make all religions of the world come together for one day to heal, to get perspective on others points of view, and to be okay with peoples choices.
Finally, to understand that riches and external signs of wealth do not make someone wealthy, but spiritual grounding is where true source of contentment is found.
Tammy: Great answers, Jen. You’ve got such a global perspective, yet on such a personal level. One of the many things I love about you.
Tammy: What art supplies could you not live without?
Jennifer: The computer, my journals.
Tammy: I hear you on the journals, girlfriend, but some days I could throw my computer out the window.
Tammy: What do you do to unblock a creative block?
Jennifer: I hand sew. I am known for sequins and felt. I love the cold months when hand sewing is a way of life. I sew and dream at the same time. It lifts me out of any artists block.
Tammy: Same, same. Me too, my sister from another mister.
Tammy: Where do you look for inspiration?
Jennifer: I look for inspiration all around me, but mostly in vintage items. I also look to the design houses making beautiful fabric. I love online magazines and fashion magazines..love it all. Other artists on Flickr and Pinterest also get my mojo stirred!! I also reach back quite a bit to the 70’s but you already knew that.
Tammy: I did, indeed. Great era, by the way.
Tammy: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Jennifer: My greatest achievement is writing two books for Chronicle Books: Girls World, introduced last year May, and Happy Home coming out this May.
Tammy: Girls World is such a lovely book. And I can hardly wait for Happy Home to come out. I was so tickled when you asked me to contribute. Tickled and honored and surprised beyond imagination. A million thank-yous!
Tammy: Besides family, friends, home, and health, what is your most treasured possession?
Jennifer: That would be George, Head of Customer Service. He’s always there for me!!! (He’s my labradoodle, btw.)
Tammy: Kip wants to know if George can come over for a play date.
Tammy: If art were to disappear from the planet (heaven forbid!), and there were no more Copic markers, embroidery floss, or Photoshop, what would you do with your time? Are you a closet gardener? Aspiring presidential candidate?
Jennifer: As far as other hobbies, I would try to read more. I love reading, but am always exhausted. I think reading is good for one’s soul!!
Tammy: When you’re ready, let me know. I’ll email you my favorite titles.
Tammy: If you could be any artist (living…or not) for a day, who would it be, and why?
Jennifer: I would love to be Joss Stone or Lauren Hill. I’d love to sing for just one day, and say to the audience…”I got this”!!!
Tammy: A closet songstress! I love it! I’d sing back-up to you any day. Just tell me and I’m there!
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Jennifer. Thanks so much for popping in. As promised, we’re giving away a little package of Sis Boom fabulous-ness. A bundle of Sis Boom fat quarters (there’s a baker’s dozen in there!) and my Four Square quilt pattern that I designed exclusively for Sis Boom fabrics. Times two! Two big winners will one of these little packages! Yippee!
Just leave a comment, and two winners will be randomly selected from those comments. Good luck!!
Be sure to visit Jennifer over in the magical land of Sis Boom. Also, you can pre-order her new book, Happy Home (I have a project in there – so fun!), coming out on May 1st. You can pre-order your copy by clicking the book image on my left sidebar. Thanks, Jen, for being the first of my famous people interviews. xxoo