JEANNE MEDINA is the 2017-18 Fountainhead Fellow in the Department of Craft and Material Studies. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fiber and Material Studies and Post-Baccalaureate in Fashion, Body and Garment from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her Master of Fine Arts in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art where she was awarded the 2013 Toby Devan Lewis Award.
Jeanne uses the process of weaving as a means of textile production and methodology for collaboration. Using this idea of poromechanics, she works fluidly through fiber, performance and fashion to resolve the structural space of the body and the interior space of the psyche through these unfolding forms of production. She pursued research in Antwerp, Belgium on the Royal Academy of Art Fashion Department, the Betet Skara archive at ModeMuseum, and worked with fashion designer, Christian Wijnants. She has also worked at various phases of the commercial fashion system including production and archiving for Stoll Knitwear Technology, and sales and merchandising for Roxy and Quiksilver. Her work is in the permanent collection at Cranbrook Art Museum and she has exhibited at the CAPC musée d’art contemporain in Bordeaux, France, the Babaran Segaragunung Culture House in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and Form and Concept Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.