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Meet Trailblazer Jordan Lyn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordan Lyn.

Jordan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started working with embroidery in my last year of college. I went to Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design where I started as an illustration student working with digital art. I had begun to notice what some embroidery artists were doing and in 2014, I decided to take my first Fiber Arts class with Thearse Clowes. This class taught me what could be done within the fiber world, prior to this, my only experience similar to fiber arts was sewing clothing and basic embroidery. Needless to say, I fell in love. As a new embroidery artist, I began to draw on raw canvas and stitch out the image, something I continue to do today. When I began to create embroidery works, I found a sense of peace and connection I had never felt before, I knew I had found my art. I love the way it is so hands-on and I am a very tactile person, it really made me feel more a part of my art. I used to think of it only as a utility kind of art, but as I began to look at other artists like Izziyana Suhaim, Kiki Smith, or Severija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene, I realized how far you could push the craft.

From that point on, I started working more and more with embroidery, completing my senior thesis with embroidery. While I was still creating some paintings and digital works, I no longer felt as connected to these mediums anymore. My love for embroidery led me to create so many pieces, filling my house with art. I began to do group shows at Edge Gallery, Helikon, and Redline. While I enjoyed being a part of group exhibitions, my real goal was to have my own solo show. I started researching seeing where I could go from there, looking into different galleys in Denver. I found some gallery co-ops in my area and felt they would give me knowledge and experience to help me eventually put on my own exhibition. I interviewed at Next Gallery, a co-op in Denver, and was accepted. I was able to set a date (October 13th, 2018) to open my first solo exhibition. The gallery had just moved from Denver to Lakewood, and the space was still being worked on, I had a lot of challenges on setting up my first show, and not realizing how much time goes into it. My first show went on so well, I was able to make a lot of connections, and have never felt more at home. I continued working and putting on shows with Next Gallery and outside Next. Working non-stop on shows and making art that connects to how I feel. I also worked outside of Next, I had a guest spot at Valkarie Gallery and was apart of a group show at Recreative in Denver called thread and bare.

After three years at Next gallery, where I was able to put on my own solo show and curate a fiber art exhibition, I decided it was time to part ways and see where my career will take me next. I felt it was time to take a step back and just really focus on my art and what I want it to represent. I cannot wait for the next step in my career as an artist.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The journey to where I am known has not always been very smooth, most notably, I have not always put my mental health first. I had begun to isolate myself and put all of my focus on work. It was a hard space for me to be in, I did not feel like I could talk to anyone and constantly doubted myself, allowing my anxiety to get the best of me. Working yourself too hard can have negative consequences. I had gotten to a point where I was stretching myself too thin and was having a hard time in my own personal life. Taking a step back was hard for me to do, but right now, I am finally able to make work I am excited for again by creating a strong support system. Taking time and practicing patience is important

A lot of what I am working towards now has to do with self-confidence, I have struggled in the past with not letting my voice be heard, or not standing up for what I believe. I know that I can do more and be better. Keeping to myself hasn’t done any good, I am trusting myself more and working towards a great balance in my life. I’ve learned that sometimes you just have to put yourself out there, I have started going to gallery events by myself and making connections to people who I might not have talked before.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I make art that relates to what I am experiencing and feeling, using it to process through my emotions. I use my own reality to create stories that depict scenes that incite feelings of conflict and melancholy using the female form through hand-stitched embroidery. I like to think of my art as an exploration of the human form in a dream-like style that I have been cultivating over the years. When viewers look at my art, I want them to be able to connect to those emotions. I have never been very good at opening up to others and letting them know how I feel through words but I have had a lot of people connect to what I make. I love hearing stories about how someone connects to what I’ve made how it makes them recall something from their past. I focus my work on what I am going through that is relevant to society and resonates with a lot of women.

What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
Trust yourself. I have doubted myself so much and not listened to what I knew was right. Building that confidence is hard but the more you put yourself out there the better it will be. Keep it simple. If you want to do something, do it.

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