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Jennifer Doheny
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Greeting card and textile designer. Spiritual enthusiast. Mother. Animal guide/totem buff. Sugar- alternative baker. Mother earth lover.
Interests: art, animals, earth, peace, people, magic, books, baking without sugar, allowing, expanding and mothering.
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From 2010-2012 I created custom illuminated batik works such as lampshades and batik panels on kraft paper at my shop eco·batik in Milwaukee, Wisconsin . During that time I designed a line of pillows and ceramics called THE SKy COLLECTION that have long sold out. eco·batik also featured my greeting card line, Urban Bird Designs and I sold other bits and pieces that fit with my design and spiritual esthetic. This blog serves as a portfolio of my batik and design work as well as the shop. Although the shop kept me quite busy and I loved connecting with my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2015 at eco batik
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I finally got some pictures from the American Batik Design awarding ceremony that took place in November in San Francisco. You can see more about the competition in the post below. Here is a link to two videos. The first one is the award ceremony. This was at the end of a very long event/dinner hosted by the Asia Society and Chevron. The second video is a little more interesting if you ask me! This shows all of the finalist's batiks being made in Indonesia. They are are masterful batik artists. Here is an image of my finished batik. It... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at eco batik
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I am very happy to report that I am one of nine finalist in the national Batik Design Competition offered by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia. The theme of the competition is "The Spirit of America in the Heritage of Batik," chosen to reflect the expression of cultural fusion between United States and Indonesia through batik, and to bring American values in the tradition of Indonesian Batik. Batik is a big part of Indonesian culture and commerce. The craftsmanship exhibited in Indonesian batik is inspiring! When I began crafting a theme for this competition my thoughts kept returning... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at eco batik
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This lampshade design was inspired by my 15 years spent in Portland. Portland overflows with roses. It is known for it's spectacular rose garden that overlooks the city and Mt. Hood. Every Portlander has a picture of them and their visiting family and friends standing in the Rose garden with Mt. Hood in the background. Roses grow up telephone poles and create fragrant splashes of beauty all over the city. This is one of the may things I miss about Portland...... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2011 at eco batik
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eco • batik was full of creative students from Thomas More High School last week! Art teacher, Jodi Brzezinski, arranged a field trip (a two block walk) for her fiber arts class to come learn batik at eco•batik. I am so impressed with how prepared the girls were with their beautiful designs. Ms. B gave them great instruction on how to prepare their pattern for batik. I am even more impressed with how well the girls worked with the tools and wax. Wax is a very unforgiving material that drips and bleeds into places where you don't want it to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2011 at eco batik
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Here is a VERY LARGE pencil drawing of one of my new patterns called "Instinct". I originally intended to batik it but after I spent two days just drawing the pattern on this 7 foot by 10 foot piece (only two of four panels are shown here), I knew batiking it would take longer than I thought. I ended up liking how the pencil drawing looked anyway, so I spent quite a bit of time coloring in the pattern. You can see these being used as room dividers in the shop. They let in lots of light and create a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2011 at eco batik
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eco • batik is excited to introduce THE SKy COLLECTION @ HOME pillows! They are made of upholstery weight, cotton twill and measure 16" x 16". It was an interesting process having my original drawings digitally converted for the printing process. Whenever you are having your artwork reproduced in another medium like a print, greeting card or fabric, you never quite know how it will turn out or if colors will match your expectations. I love how they turned out! To me they look and feel like my favorite t-shirt that I always feel good in and love to put... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2011 at eco batik
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Here you can see how I develop a new design. It usually starts with a rough doodle and then I refine the sketch down a crisp black and white drawing that can be scanned in and turned into a vector image. The vector image can then be sized up or down or colors can be changed, patterns can be repeated. I use graphic designers for all of that. I like my pencil and paper! Click on any of these images to make them larger. ILLUSION INNOCENCE MANIFEST Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2011 at eco batik
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ILLUSION - BLACK AND KRAFT INNOCENCE - BLACK AND KRAFT INNOCENCE - BURNT ORANGE AND KRAFT HAZY HORSE HAIR - SUNSET HAZY HORSE HAIR - SKY PORTLANDIA - SKY PORTLANDIA - SUNSET Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2011 at eco batik
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Here is the first look at my new pillows! They are printed on an upholstery weight cotton twill and have a classic and casual feel. Other colors and styles available at eco•batik. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2011 at eco batik
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Here is a preview of one of my new fabrics! You can be the first see my fabric launch at my One Year Anniversary Party on July 28th! Pillows, pillows, pillows! It has always been a dream of mine to have my designs made into fabrics....one of my many dreams is coming true....yeah! Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2011 at eco batik
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Here is a test swatch of a new batik design I have been playing around with for a new lampshade...... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2011 at eco batik
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I've been a little off the radar lately because I have been working on new batik designs and preparing for my one year anniversary party on July 28th. I will have sooooo many new goodies......more to come on that soon! I have also been working on my design for a batik design competition being offered by the Indonesian Embassy. I will be sharing that soon too. Here are some of the new colors that I will be working with. I just got some new dyes in and I am able to mix some colors that I have been imagining. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2011 at eco batik
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I had the pleasure and honor of participating in a Batik Exhibition last week organized by The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia. The event celebrated the launch of an "American Batik Design Competition." Batik originated in Indonesia and is intertwined with the cultural identity of the Indonesian people. The designs are stunning and the craftsmanship is exceptional. I am inspired and awed by Indonesian batik. I will be entering the design competition which actually does not involve an actual batik, just the digital design. I will keep you all posted! This is Sylvia Shirley Malinton from the Indonesian... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2011 at eco batik
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I found these pieces of wood in the woods in a pile of wood and branches in Rhinelander, Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them but I loved the color and the patina of the faded paint. It didn't take me long to find a use for them! Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2011 at eco batik
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My brilliant friend of 28 years, Jennifer Doust, merchandised eco·batik yesterday and it looks amazing! I've decided that my creativity does not translate to merchandising. Jen is so creative and comes up with ways to display merchandise that I would never think of. It's a lot of little adjustments and placements that create a welcoming shopping experience for customers. Jen adds the magic! Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2011 at eco batik
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My superbly talented friend, Jessica Teesdale, just sent a new batch of THE SKy COLLECTION from Portland, Maine! These pieces go fast!!! Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at eco batik
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I just finished putting together these shades with my new design, Dreamers. I can picture these in a beachy cottage by the sea or any space looking to add some color and energy! DREAMERS - AQUA MARINE DREAMERS - RASPBERRY Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at eco batik
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My bestest friend since 8th grade, the uber-talented, Jenifer Doust, asked me to make this little bitty shade for her living room.......I've finally finished it Jen and Happy Birthday! Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at eco batik
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I loved how the teal flowers turned out in Betty's shade from the previous post so I started doodling and came up with this new design I call DREAMERS. This is a test swatch......shade coming soon! Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at eco batik
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Justin called me before Christmas to get a gift certificate for his mother, Betty who had been looking at my shades. Betty took advantage of eco·batik's shade sale in January and her gift certificate and commissioned me to create this shade called FIRST IMPRESSION. We did it in greens and teals - so pretty! Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at eco batik
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I just delivered this shade to my client, Mary. She was redecorating this sitting room and after purchasing a new chair, sofa and flatscreen, this eco·batik lamp shade was the finishing touch. Now we're talking about some window treatements......I guess that will be the finishing touch! SUN DAY 17" top, 20" bottom, 12"high Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at eco batik
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I'm in the process of waxing and dying this shade for a client. This is the first lamp shade pattern that I made called FIRST IMPRESSION. It will be very pretty in greens and teal! Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2011 at eco batik
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Brrrrr.......I know it's cold!!!! So warm up your space with an eco·batik lampshade. Starting this weekend through January all in stock shades are $50 - $100 off and custom orders placed in January are also on sale. Join eco·batik and MOSS this weekend for Gallery Night! Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2011 at eco batik