Jennifer Parker: Creating today’s art from yesterday’s memories

Hoilday Show 2012 LR Bordered Ephemera wizard and vintage paper product designer Jennifer Parker has been with Artisitc Designs Group for a couple of years, but her rich style and her successes had their seeds in childhood.  At age seven, her incredible journey began when she set out to make a special gift for her mother.  Working with a poster board, Jennifer transformed a box of family photos into a collage. One collage led to another, with magazine clippings and photos providing new materials through Jennifer’s high school years.  An enjoyment of greeting cards also took hold.  From there, a college job at a gift boutique shop led her to pursue a career path in the gift industry–and what a career she’s made for herself!

For more than two decades, Jennifer served as art director and designer for distinguished gift industry leaders, and she excelled as one of the early pioneers in vintage paper product design. Jennifer was honored to design vintage paper products for The Gifted Line/Michel & Company with John and Carolyn Grossman’s Collection of Antique Images, one of the largest unique ephemera collections in the world. This well-preserved 250,000 ephemera collection now resides at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware. Jennifer says the foundations of her niche style of vintage digital collage were developed under John Grossmaart studio borderedn’s art direction.  Then as Studio Manager, Art Director and lead Designer for the Northern California office of Punch Studio, Jennifer and her team were instrumental in the early development of the popular Punch Studio style. From concept to completion, Jennifer oversaw and designed numerous top selling custom products for retail and high profile chain stores.

Perhaps an ordinary human would have trouble finding time for other hobbies, but this powerhouse likes to be active, fit and to travel.  Jennifer loves listening to live music, dancing, mountain biking, TRX Suspension Training, and Yoga. Still, myartstudio borderedshe continues to grow as an artist.

When we asked Jennifer what inspires her timeless pieces, she had a ready answer: “I’m inspired by world travel, nature, Bohemian fashion, textiles, found objects and weathered ‘things’. I find great beauty in light, color, shape, and in natural and un-orchestrated arrangements.”

Jennifer’s work can already be found with Department 56, Evergreen, Studio E, Thirstystone, and also with Potluck Press, Madison Park Greetings, Calypso Cards, Amber Lotus Publishing, Kaf Home, and Development Global Solutions.

Ephemera art, by it’s nature is short-lived.  The wall calendars and greeting cards of yesterday–with their inspiring and eye catching images–are often today’s recycling or tomorrow’s forgotten scrapbook pages. But this artist and her creative images aren’t going anywhere! Chances are, you’ve already admired examples of Jennifer’s work on greetings you’ve received, or on beautiful fabrics, paper products and giftware.  But sometimes we can’t get enough of a good thing.  For a peak at Jennifer’s latest work and other collections you may have missed, check at: or

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