From an early age Jenny was fascinated by nature…pond dipping in the garden, taking part in National Trust Devon Butterfly walks, and rock pooling down on Wembury Beach. This passion for wildlife developed into a lifetime interest and inspired Jenny’s early creative forays with collage and paint.
Jenny joined a local embroidery class in her early teens and did her first real textile work of art in her late teens. She began to sell cards and artwork to fund a British Explorer’s trip to Oman to save the Arabian Leopard. Whilst there, she also took part in dragonfly surveys, whale and dolphin studies, fauna identification and bird surveys.
The art sales continued to fund Jenny’s next adventure…living in Australia for a year. By this time Jenny had established a strong relationship with a quality printer and a talented framer, guided by advice from local artists she met along the way. After a wonderful detour to Bali, Jenny settled in Sydney and became the manager of a homeware shop, specialising in ethnic textiles. She was fascinated by the range and quality of the textiles sold there and began to appreciate the importance of artists doing their part to protect the planet.
Once Jenny returned home, she applied to study Textiles at Cardiff Metropolitan University, drawn by the surface pattern emphasis of the course and the extra support offered to students running businesses.
With this extra guidance, Jenny made valuable partnerships with the National Marine Aquarium, The British Dragonfly Society and the WWT London Wetlands Centre. She also sells work in various Devon galleries, seeing particular success in coastal towns.
Cardiff Met continues to be incredibly supportive of Jenny Evans Designs. With their help, Jenny recently came Runner Up for Student Entrepreneur of the Year for Wales and she certainly plans to keep on expanding her business from here!