In the Studio with Leslie Tucker Jenison

Leslie Jenison

Leslie Tucker Jenison is one very busy artist.  In addition to exhibiting internationally in galleries and juried exhibitions, she also teaches and curates as one half of Dinner At Eight Artists along with Jamie Fingal and has appeared several times on Quilting Arts TV.  Her blog is eclectic and interesting; a recent post is about her daughter’s huge textile installation for an outdoor wedding. Her artwork is inspired by the textural beauty found in the patterns of natural and man-made environments. Leslie’s three Fiber BONUSES for Foto/Fiber 2012 will include a “mailart” collage.

 1.  How do you find/make time to be in your studio?
I consider my studio to be my work/dream place.  I spend time in my studio every single day.  It is a priority!

2.  Describe your studio in five words.

Eclectic, Messy, Colorful, Cocoon, Inspiring

3.  If you could pick only one thing from your studio to represent your art practice, what would it be?

My window, because it represents both a literal and metaphorical source of inspiration to me.  I can look outside into my garden and be inspired by nature, and my studio IS a window into who I am as an artist and a human.

4. What is the best/worst space you have ever had as a studio?

My old dining room table in my first house was the worst (I always had to put everything away after each work session!), and my best space is my current studio.

5.  What would make a “dream studio” for you?

My current space, revised to include a better wet work area and more appropriate supply storage.

6.  What would you advise someone setting up a studio for the first time?
Take into consideration things like access to water, storage, light, and work surfaces.

7.  Any unique features/studio pets you would like to share? 

My schnauzer is my studio assistant-companion.  She steals supplies from me if I need to pay more attention to her!

8.  Any exhibits or special projects we should know about?

Yes!  The 2012 Sketchbook Challenge, our newly-formed group: 8 That Create, Dinner At Eight Artists, and the Sketchbook Challenge book (available for pre-order).


Leslie’s three Fiber BONUSES ready to be mailed to lucky patrons of Foto/Fiber 2012.  Each one has a framed mixed-media “mailart” collage and the equivalent of 2 fat quarters of hand-dyed, screenprinted cloth (cotton, silk, or a silk-cotton blend). See more details of Leslie’s Fiber BONUSES on her blog.

***Share the news about Foto/Fiber 2012, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and be entered to win great prizes!***

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