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in fabrics and colours. Then that tends to
filter through textiles, as well.”
The result is consistently stylish and
relevant pieces, which are some of the
most sought-after in Australia and
internationally. Jenny has been invited
to show at two of the world’s largest
trade fairs in 2012: Domotex in Germany
and the Atlanta International Area Rug
Market. Her new collection – created with
Indian producer Jaipur Rugs – will feature
influences as diverse as traditional motifs
and Spanish themes.
Closer to home, her work has also
found acclaim in the new St Patrick’s
Cathedral in Bunbury. Here, she was
commissioned to create a rug based on a
painting by iconic West Australian artist
Robert Juniper (his stunning stained glass
windows also feature in the cathedral).
Entitled Ascension, it depicts Jesus rising
into the heavens and covers an entire
wall behind the altar.
More than 100 colours and sections of
brilliant silk detail the rug, which took
Ben is being groomed to take over the
business) immediately set itself apart from
the cheap, mass-produced rug industry,
and its tacky advertising jingles.
It was about restoring a sense of artistry
to the medium – and in this respect, Jenny
was well ahead of her time.
“The designers weren’t interested back
then,’” Jenny says. “It was all the same –
piles and piles of identical rugs.”
With a desire to create something
different, she started producing her own
one-off designs 12 years ago. “Because
homes were becoming very contemporary,
we needed to make our own rugs to suit.”
Jenny now works a year ahead,
travelling the world to research trends at
some of the most prestigious design expos,
including the recent Maison & Objet in
Paris, a showcase of interior accessories.
For Jenny, looking at broader industry
trends is vital to the design process.
“It’s about trying to confirm a
direction,” she says. “So, I usually look at
fashion first, to see what’s coming through
CLOCKWISE from above The gallery-like setting at Jenny
Jones Rugs; Jenny with Ascension, now on display at Bunbury
Cathedral; a weaver at work; colour samples for weaving.
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