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HELLO! I’m Jennifer Rowe. Welcome to Pieces & Patterns, which I founded within my sunny old funeral-home-turned-apartment building in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2014. Pieces & Patterns offers household and personal goods which represent my quest and explorations in the art of design and hand crafting.
Made in Scotland and born in Alabama I grew up with a creative spirit in a small art-focused town along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In 2003 I ventured far from home to live life in New York City and eventually further to the Netherlands. Following a brief stint back in Mississippi I returned to the hustle and bustle of New York City in 2006. Along the way I earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Mississippi State University, bought an old sewing machine at a Brooklyn stoop sale, taught myself to sew, and found work in an architectural firm that nurtured my interests in color, pattern, texture, materials, and assembly methods.
In 2011, after accepting I am a Southerner at heart, I boarded the Crescent City Train which arrived in New Orleans 30 hours later. After completing 1,700 hours of volunteer work in construction, I went back to work in an architectural firm. Currently I am pursuing my architectural license, sewing away my free time, and convinced I might be a New Orleanian for life.
I find many similarities in the worlds of architecture, construction, and sewing. These parallels all serve to fuel my aforementioned interests, but sewing gives me the opportunity to design and construct the finished product with my own hands. I am delighted by this process. Currently most of my work is focused on piecing and hand quilting however my work also encompasses custom fabric design, Mardi Gras costumes, neckties, handbags, and 8’ tall fabric walls for a newly renovated studio apartment. A handful of other sewing projects are in the works as I am always looking for new ways to expand my creative path. I invite you to please stay tuned.
My journey through life has not been straight forward, but my perspective is enhanced by my travels. I grow stronger through adaptation and am encouraged by the unknown, my own vulnerability, and imperfection. I love New Orleans. My work is inspired by her vibrant and layered beauty, her blemishes, and her inevitable decay. I believe my construction experiences of all kinds mature my ability as a designer. Through it all I have learned - with certainty and relish - that I am a designer and I am a maker. I couldn’t be one without the other.