Jan Bittenbender

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  • Fiber
  • Mixed Media
Artist Bio

Born in Northeast PA., Jan moved to Seattle in 1994.  There began her journey into the art world, launching a successful business as a seed-bead jewelry artist.  Her jewelry was featured on Project Runway’s Fashion Week, won “Best of Show” awards in Northwest regional arts shows and sold in several art galleries and boutiques in the Seattle area.

In 2018 felting attracted her interest.  Unable to find local teachers, she self-taught the techniques of felted pictures.  This art form took her completely out of her comfort zone and into a more organic, free-form art style.  Like she says, “I may have a very specific image in my head, but the fibers have another!  That has taught me to let go, and just go with it!”

She has uniquely incorporated beadwork into some of her work, particularly those with Native American themes.  It has been a fun, creative and evolving journey, limited only by imagination.  She hopes to impassion her students along the same path.

Jan now lives in McCall, ID where she enjoys hiking, biking and paddling in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter.

Smoked Buckskin, Painted Feathers