Jenny Windler

Art Discipline: 
Fort Collins, CO
United States
Dates of Residence: 
Sep 10, 2007 to Oct 20, 2007

Jenny Windler was born in Morgantown, West Virginia, but spent her formative years in Macomb, Illinois. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Western Illinois University in 2001 and her Masters of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from Colorado State University in 2006. Jenny was nominated as a finalist for the Niche Student Awards, awarded the Kennedy Center Art Scholarship and won a work-study scholarship to Penland School of Crafts, studying with Robert Ebendorf. Jenny has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, and can be seen in the book Modern Jewelry from Modular Parts published by Lark books. Her work is heavily inspired by functional bits and pieces of found hardware. These parts and pieces are incorporated into sleek silver settings that serve as miniature monuments to functional design. Her interest in functionality of hardware sparked her interest in the way jewelry functions in people's personal lives. She believes that each and every jewelry piece has a history that is connected to a time, place, person, or memory. Her latest work explores how jewelry is connected to memories and uses the ring form as an interactive, functioning piece of hardware, inviting the viewer to enter into a new physical space while provoking an emotional response.