Jen is an award-winning fourth generation rug hooker, first taught by her Aunt (the late Jean Armstrong). Jen started hooking in 1999 and has taught for more than a decade, travelling all over Canada, the United States, and England sharing her fresh and distinctive ideas under her own Fish Eye Rugs banner. Her students say, “Jen’s youthful enthusiasm makes her workshops fun, as well as educational!”
In early 2016 she gave notice to her employer and left behind a lengthy professional career to dedicate herself completely to turning her textile art into a full-time business called Fish Eye Sisters. Her love of textiles, dyeing and color play has resulted in her current line of one-of-a-kind woolen home goods.
Jen’s work has been included in many exhibits throughout North America. In 2012, Jen received the prestigious Ontario Hooking Craft Guild (OHCG) Best in Show Rowan Award for her piece entitled Jumbo, a particularly impressive room-sized rug she designed and hooked. Jen’s work has been featured in several publications over the years. She is a member of Muskoka Arts & Crafts (MAC), Craft Ontario, and Fish Eye Sisters is included on the Textile and Fiber Art (TAFA) List.
SPECIALTIES: Tendency to push the boundaries of rug hooking beyond traditional rugs.