JEN SWEARINGTON grew up in rural Indiana across the road from a horse stable and next to a 30-acre Christmas tree farm. Encouraged and inspired by her artist aunt Kelly Hoernig, she knew by the age of twelve that she wanted to become an artist. She studied fine art and art history, earning a BFA from Pratt Institute in 1997 and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2000, then served a one-year residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Early in her career, she focused on fine art: mixed media paintings, quilts, and small works on playing cards. She found she could make a living by making art to wear instead of art for the wall, and in 2003, Jennythreads was founded. She has made a creative living in Asheville ever since.

When she's not in the studio, Jen enjoys reading, watching the birds in her back yard, and spending time with her adorable firefighter husband Paul and their two cats Nico and Jasper. She is an avid trail runner whose favorite activity in the world is running in the wood with their two dogs Rosco and Sesame.