I’m Jenny Venn. Or JenVenn. Or JV – up to you – just not Jennifer. Ever. That’s reserved for my mom and grandma when I’m in big time, no good, serious trouble.
Things I Live for – in somewhat but no particular order:
My family. They say you don’t get to pick your family but if I had the chance?! I’d pick ’em again.
My friends. They’ve got my back, make me laugh, make me cry, call me out, and every day remind me of who I am and where I’m going.
FOOD! Wholesome, unprocessed, fresh, colorful, spicy, of-the-earth, comforting, culture-connecting, homegrown, and texture rich FOOD that nourishes the body, mind, and spirit.
Creativity in all forms and the process of creation. Never-never Land really exists – I find it often while working in my studio.
The human condition and man’s search for meaning, spirituality, holistic healing, and the mind-body connection.
Hello Kitty! Seriously. You simply can’t be cranky when that *really* adorable cat is staring back at you.
Bound objects and ink on paper. Another very important form of nourishment for me.
Enjoyable body movement. Yoga = Heaven – I travel there often. Life is better while on two wheels…preferably not uphill though. Walking…yeah, I could walk until the end of the Earth…my Mall Walker heritage runs deep.
Community. Gotta be surrounded by my people!
Conversation. Usually of the mind-blowing, expanded consciousness persuasion. Although, sometimes a random “OMG! Did you…” is absolutely necessary too.
The City. I was “born and raised” in an urban environment. I crave it’s pace and patina constantly. It’s where I discovered my love of The Hustle and why I don’t take poo – from anyone.
The Country. I “grew up” in the country. My parents moved us outside of city limits when I was in high school. There I learned about compassion, steadfast friendship, what it truly means to be on a team, and about the life-giving force that is agriculture and all the beautiful metaphors that surround it.
Joy. Life is too dang short not to have rainbows and glitter exploding from all directions.
And FINALLY, Myself – every bit and piece.
The Deeper Deets.
Jenny Venn is a designer, maker, and educator who lives, loves and creates for Joy! from her *heart*land, Wichita, Kansas.
After graduating with a BFA and MFA from Fort Hays State University in 2007, Jenny packed up her bags and headed west to develop and maintain the graphic design program at the University of Wyoming.
After six transformative years living at 7200 feet, much personal and professional development, exhibiting, publishing, and flocks of birdies leaving the nest, the Universe spoke loud and clear. The time had come to move onward and upward transplanting Jenny back Home in the summer of 2013.
When not found prancing around her studio, Jenny is busy educating the next amazing troupe of impassioned creatives as Elementary Art Teacher at Rose Hill Elementary School and Adjunct Instructor of Art and Design at Fort Hays State University.
Jenny’s energy, Gift, and some might say Purpose remains centered on creating art and design for social change through the lens of healing with fulcrums including: all things Woman, body-image, personal growth and development, transformation and survivorship.