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My name is Jessca Loper and this is a blog dedicated to my work. It is kept pretty up to date and functions as my electronic portfolio. It goes back to about 2007 and provides a distinct look at my growth as an artist the past few years. My school work is very much conceptual and often fiber based while the commission work I've recently been doing tends to be simplifyed consisting of more graphic embroideries and paintings.

2012"Uncle Sam"White Kanté over Tempra FingerpantingAVAILABLE if you wanna message me an offer, this is the only piece i currently have up for grabs :)

2012
"Uncle Sam"
White Kanté over Tempra Fingerpanting

AVAILABLE if you wanna message me an offer, this is the only piece i currently have up for grabs :)

— 1 year ago with 5 notes
#grateful dead  #uncle sam  #us blues  #painting  #art  #drawing 
2012 Request, “What a Long Strange Trip it’s Been” EmbroideryAnd notice my adorable kitten, Sugaree, in the background <3

2012 
Request, “What a Long Strange Trip it’s Been”
Embroidery

And notice my adorable kitten, Sugaree, in the background <3

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#Grateful dead  #stealie  #long strange trip  #embroidery 
2012&#160;Request, &#8220;R2D2 with an Om&#8221; Embroidery

2012 
Request, “R2D2 with an Om”
Embroidery

— 1 year ago
#Star wars  #r2d2  #lotus  #om  #embroidery  #custom fitted 
2012"Han and Chewy"Embroidery

2012
"Han and Chewy"
Embroidery

— 1 year ago
#Star wars  #embroidery  #Han solo  #Chewbacca  #fitted  #art 
2012"Floating Tree"Acrylic and Sharpie

2012
"Floating Tree"
Acrylic and Sharpie

— 1 year ago
#super fast xmas present  #texture  #art  #paintng  #tree  #sharpie  #drawing  #sky 
2011
&#8220;Cycles of Grief&#8221;
Installation

This was my senior art display as I graduated high school in May 2011. The concept related to the mourning process and the human condition as it faces a loss. There are 66 pieces in total that create this display, a compilation of a semester&#8217;s worth of work. The ceramic woman up front is close to life size representing the protagonist of the show. Behind her is the open space, the hard lines of concrete floor and sterile white walls are softened by pounds of sugar and flour. This creates a comforting aroma of baking or sugar cookies that works to recall memories of home to the audience while also augmenting the area in a more dream-like manner to show that the distance between the ceramic figure in the foreground and the back wall illustrates her internal emotional states. These are contained in woven vessels that fall organically from a woven ceiling, a decision to make the composition of the space flow more naturally. The cocoons are arranged in an infinity shape that represents the shift between them that can go on for a while before the mourner is ready to move on. Each of the ten cocoons holds a different emotional reaction of the woman caused by the sudden loss of a loved one. The relationship being grieved is illustrated by the back wall, which is covered in pieces that showcase my closest personal relationships throughout my time away at school. The upper portion is made of every greeting card I received during my first year away from home, painted with expired fabric dye into a field of poppies with embroidered details on the most upfront flowers to tie the body of work together as a fiber installation. Under the field, which represents both the threat of war to my loved ones in the military and the threat of opiates that had taken hold of my community, are a series of embroideries dedicated to the cellular text messages from friends at home. This was a concept of bringing the old technique of sentimental stitching together with the often insincere method of expressing emotions through casual text messaging. The display conveys a lot of the relationships I value and missed at the time, adding a good emotional backbone to the whole installation. As the audience explored the back walk, holding the text embroideries and engaging in an exploration through my personal life, they were able to empathize and recall parallel relationships in their own lives. Then the thought of losing these, or the memory of losing them, would well up as they walked through the cocooned space to find the figure laying in a state of grief in the front of it all, frozen and lost in her own emotional turmoil. I had people crying and the emotional response was beautiful. This was a work of meditative love and mourning for the peers I lost at my public school between 2007 and 2009.

2011
“Cycles of Grief”
Installation

This was my senior art display as I graduated high school in May 2011. The concept related to the mourning process and the human condition as it faces a loss. There are 66 pieces in total that create this display, a compilation of a semester’s worth of work. The ceramic woman up front is close to life size representing the protagonist of the show. Behind her is the open space, the hard lines of concrete floor and sterile white walls are softened by pounds of sugar and flour. This creates a comforting aroma of baking or sugar cookies that works to recall memories of home to the audience while also augmenting the area in a more dream-like manner to show that the distance between the ceramic figure in the foreground and the back wall illustrates her internal emotional states. These are contained in woven vessels that fall organically from a woven ceiling, a decision to make the composition of the space flow more naturally. The cocoons are arranged in an infinity shape that represents the shift between them that can go on for a while before the mourner is ready to move on. Each of the ten cocoons holds a different emotional reaction of the woman caused by the sudden loss of a loved one. The relationship being grieved is illustrated by the back wall, which is covered in pieces that showcase my closest personal relationships throughout my time away at school. The upper portion is made of every greeting card I received during my first year away from home, painted with expired fabric dye into a field of poppies with embroidered details on the most upfront flowers to tie the body of work together as a fiber installation. Under the field, which represents both the threat of war to my loved ones in the military and the threat of opiates that had taken hold of my community, are a series of embroideries dedicated to the cellular text messages from friends at home. This was a concept of bringing the old technique of sentimental stitching together with the often insincere method of expressing emotions through casual text messaging. The display conveys a lot of the relationships I value and missed at the time, adding a good emotional backbone to the whole installation. As the audience explored the back walk, holding the text embroideries and engaging in an exploration through my personal life, they were able to empathize and recall parallel relationships in their own lives. Then the thought of losing these, or the memory of losing them, would well up as they walked through the cocooned space to find the figure laying in a state of grief in the front of it all, frozen and lost in her own emotional turmoil. I had people crying and the emotional response was beautiful. This was a work of meditative love and mourning for the peers I lost at my public school between 2007 and 2009.

— 1 year ago
2011
&#8220;Stay Awake&#8221;
String, monster cans, paper, embroidery floss

2011
“Stay Awake”
String, monster cans, paper, embroidery floss

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#Monster  #cocoon  #art  #weaving  #fiber 
2011
&#8220;Ache&#8221;
String, health services paraphernalia (pill packets, slips to the nurses&#8217; office), bandages with real o-pos, medical tape, embroidery floss, paper

2011
“Ache”
String, health services paraphernalia (pill packets, slips to the nurses’ office), bandages with real o-pos, medical tape, embroidery floss, paper

— 1 year ago
#Cocoon  #weaving  #bandages  #installation  #Fiber  #Art 
2011
&#8220;Remember/Forget&#8221;
Wool string, hand-made felt, human hair (blue), paper, embroidery floss

2011
“Remember/Forget”
Wool string, hand-made felt, human hair (blue), paper, embroidery floss

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#Cocoon  #installation  #felt  #wool  #weaving  #crochet  #art 
2011
&#8220;Take Empty Risks&#8221;
String, lotto tickets, paper, embroidery floss

2011
“Take Empty Risks”
String, lotto tickets, paper, embroidery floss

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2011
&#8220;Build Walls&#8221;
String, unfired clay, paper, embroidery floss

2011
“Build Walls”
String, unfired clay, paper, embroidery floss

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2011
&#8220;Keep Growing&#8221;
Detail

2011
“Keep Growing”
Detail

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2011
&#8220;Keep Growing&#8221;
String, dreaded wool, dried and unwilted flowers, paper, embroidery floss

2011
“Keep Growing”
String, dreaded wool, dried and unwilted flowers, paper, embroidery floss

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2011
&#8220;Hold it Together&#8221;
String, buttons, paper embroidery floss

2011
“Hold it Together”
String, buttons, paper embroidery floss

— 1 year ago
2011
&#8220;Keep Growing&#8221;
Detail

2011
“Keep Growing”
Detail

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