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Jenamarie Boots was born in Oregon, but raised in Bolivia and Colombia: the daughter of a carnival worker who became a government agent and a cattle rancher who became a stay-at-home mom.
Jenamarie believes that movement celebrates the universe’s fundamental tendency toward unpredictability. Her designs, inspired by her material experiments and personal embrace of entropy, often consist of bold, colorful, and sculptural designs. Garments exist as emergent properties of the system Jenamarie imposes on herself through her design process. Final silhouettes and materials are the result of the interactions of smaller experiments and the confluence of these interactions. Only through constant play and tinkering can decisions ultimately present themselves.
When Jenamarie is not being quite so markedly serious, you can find her trying to make the people in her life laugh, petting a cat, or looking at odd taxidermy creations on eBay. Sometimes you can find her doing all three. If you cannot, she is likely buried under a stack of fallen library books and struggling to lift herself up.
Holding my undergraduate degree in Fashion Design, and working full time for a year in Cosmetic Product Development, I have developed a love for research and communication. However, the setting and purpose for my passion have changed after helping to produce a number of products. I want to pivot from products and focus instead on people. Products will play a part, but I feel that information science is also an understanding of how people come to understand, interact, and make sense of objects. I feel that a degree in information sciences would allow me to make this change professionally, and give me the tools I need to do so successfully.
The constant in my professional life beginning with my undergraduate degree has been a love of research and communication. My undergraduate thesis focused on the communication of machine knitting techniques to the public; and this love of community and sharing of information has been something I long to return to in my professional life. Community and on-the-ground engagement is where I shine brightest. As a librarian, particularly in a collection that was focused on art or media, I would not only be able to give voice to artists to the public, but I would be able to help the public come to understand and find their own art.
You don't really know me unless you know my cats. The fun little bean to the left (when you aren't moused-over) is named Kitsune. And the black cat that appears on the mouseover with her is named Carni, in honor of my dad's upbringing on the carnival lot. We adopted Carni from the gutter in our neighborhood. Someone declawed him and kept him as a pet before they left him there. So sad! But he has a happy life with us now.
This screencast reviews the "part-artist" side of me. Hope you enjoy!