profile : jen2le

Jen2Le design and create handmade knitted, crocheted and felted artisan products. Their home wares and accessories are completely individual and inspired by the textures and colours of their super special and seriously high quality yarns and materials. Lovely old fashioned techniques merge seamlessly with contemporary design and world sourced silks, mohair, hemp, linen and bamboo.

Do you have a day job, if so what is it? 
Jennifer Nizette is a full time mother with a background in Nursing and OH&S. Jennifer Sowby works part-time as a Mothercraft Nurse.

When did your business begin and why? 
Jen2le began 3 years ago to produce a handbag that was distinctively unique and not massed produced. From a background of hobby skills used to provide family and friends with handmade and special gifts we are exploring and enhancing our creativeness with textures, colours and designs.

What is your favourite part of Tasmania? 
JN: Tasmania provides a community feel allowing for the eclectic and diversity of cultures that encourages designers and artisans whether it’s foods or art to take inspiration from the natural resources of beautiful clean air, mountains to seaside views and four seasons. Tasmania for me is not any one place but a tolerant and accessible place for my family.

JS: I spent some of my childhood years growing up in Ferntree, so for me the trees and smell of the bush with hill and river views is something I treasure wherever I am in the world.

What do you love about what you do...and any little gripes or niggles? 
The world is our horizon and the ideas come thick and fast. The gripe is time limitations to follow through in one continuum from idea to completed product. We do everything from inception, sourcing fabrics and yarns to match the design and texture of our ideas, to manufacture and then the (boring but essential) business side (paperwork, accounts, advertising and marketing). A larger financial base and space would allow us to do this full time.

What can our lovely customers expect to see you exhibiting? 
Unique, “one off” gifts and home wares that are contemporarily designed using specialty yarns and fabrics. Designs from Tasmanian based Jen2le using world sourced silks, mohair, hemp, linen, bamboo and many others.

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