Hi! I am Jen, the artist behind Roots and Wings Studio.
I live in the woods in a sweet little home with my husband, two children, and furry family members. We live amongst a wonderful community of people who work together on our vision to live more intentionally and in harmony with each other and the earth. I am a homeschooling mom who has left her career as a nurse for the time being to focus on family, community, and doing things we love together. I love Waldorf education and unschooling (and embrace a combination of both-crazy as it may seem); peaceful parenting; nature; making things from scratch, whether food or crafty things; canoeing; hiking; gardening; and the list goes on…
My journey making dolls started with the desire to make a Waldorf style doll for my daughter; so I got to work, researching as much as I could and pouring over hours of YouTube videos and tutorials. With this in combination with the basic sewing skills I possessed and love for creating things of natural materials, my doll making journey was born. I never could have imagined this to be what I love doing; it is just so wonderful to create these little wool beings and see who they become, each one so unique. I give my thanks to all the wonderful doll makers that have made available their tutorials and helpful advice….without it I would have been lost!
The name “Roots and Wings“ is inspired by the quote credited to Hodding Carter: “There are but two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots; the other, wings." This really speaks to me and the way I try to guide my children in life to become who they are and approach each day with reverence.