Instructor of Visual Arts, Interlochen College of Creative Arts
B.F.A. in Fiber, University of Michigan
Jenny Schu has been beading for over 20 years and weaving for 14 years, developing various fiber techniques along the way. She earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration in Fiber Art and a Minor in Art History from the University of Michigan in 2004. Since then her beaded jewelry has been in numerous galleries, currently showing in East Lansing MI, Lansing MI, Grand Rapids OH, and a seasonal gallery in Glen Arbor MI. She has exhibited nationally with Handweavers Guild of America’s Small Expressions Exhibits and has been awarded grants and received numerous awards from the Michigan League of Handweavers. Most recently Jenny received both the Best in Show and People’s Choice Awards at Michigan League of Handweavers Conference for her piece, “She Can’t See the Forest through the Trees”.
I have had an insatiable urge to weave, stitch, loop and thread things together for as long as I can remember. After my mom taught me to hand quilt, I began to teach myself beadweaving at 8 years old. I picked up various fiber techniques as I grew older and I started weaving on a floor loom in high school. At the University of Michigan, I studied Fiber Art and received my Bachelors of Fine Art in 2004. My beaded jewelry has been my go-to for color play, learning new techniques and dabbling in the small-scale “what-ifs.” Sprouts of inspiration begin to grow within my beaded jewelry which leads me into my larger scale works. I am always working on bolder beaded structures, integrating these into my handweaving. I enjoy devoting hours, days and months to mixing my mediums within fiber art together for more detailed and eye-catching pieces.