A life long artist, Jill received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Painting from the State University of New York at Oswego.
Feeling the need for a new challenge, Jill taught herself to sew in 2006. Her textile work focuses on accessories and home decor items, all of which are one of a kind. In 2013 she began designing her own line of fabrics through the use of her paintings, photography and digitally altered vintage items. Her first collection was a line of mannequin fabrics inspired by her previous career in Visual Merchandising. Next came the New Orleans collection, which continues to grow each season.
Jill's more recent collections also incorporate hand dyed and hand woven textiles, inspired by a trip to Indonesia in 2015. Jill uses natural dyes such as onion, avocado and indigo, as well as fiber reactive dyes, to create patterns using Japanese shibori folding methods. Her one of a kind woven textiles are crafted using a rigid heddle loom.
Her paintings are always mixed media, ranging from acrylic and oil pastels with collage elements of paper and fabric, to her most recent work of sewn watercolors. Working in two mediums creates an ebb and flow and never ending births of new series.
Jill continuously debuts new work that reflect her love of New Orleans, travel and color. Her work is available at local art markets, in Jackson Square and online at jillshampine.com. Visit the Stockists page for the full list of local retailers that carry her one of a kind items.