Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Jessica is based in Northern Virginia, and has been stitching since 2010. The women in her family have always been crafters and self-taught.

Jessica studied Math and currently makes a living as a programmer. Her affection for nostalgia, old photos, turn of the century images, old books, a love of pattern and symmetry, and fondness of doodling in the margins are major influences in her work.

The majority of her recent work focuses on adding a layer of meaning or giving new life to an object that has already served a purpose: a book, a letter, a bag, or a photograph. These works are quiet and subtle, often requiring the viewer to come close to see details, to read words, and to observe the shadows cast by individual stitches.

Contact Jessica at jannekelly79 AT gmail. (She loves getting mail.)

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  • Jessica, your work is beautiful. I believe I have been pinning it but didn’t know it was yours 🙂 did you used to have an etsy site?!?!? Anyway – I am intrigued with the sewing on the vintage papers, do you treat the paper with anything, like a matte medium?? I am thinking that without reinforcement the paper would just fall apart?!?! Especially like that beautiful math book you got. Just curious.
    Thank you and lovely work!! peace, Virginia

    • Thanks for the kind words, Virginia! I had an Etsy shop for just a brief little bit. As for the pages, I don’t use any mediums. I’m careful to pick books that have thicker (pulpier) pages. They hold up really quite well.

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