Jill Tarabar

Jill Tarabar

JiSTdesigns
Chalfont, PA
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I work in the copper foil method of stained glass creation. My fascination with the art of stained glass began close to 40 years ago as I learned the basics while working at a craft store in order to intelligently sell supplies. I continued honing my skills, developing wholesale connections with gift shops on the east coast, teaching beginner classes, and participating in regional juried craft shows. A twenty-year long “break” allowed me to develop graphic design and marketing skills while working full time in those fields. For the past two years, I’ve been able to focus on stained glass exclusively.

As a self-taught artist, I try to push the boundaries and ignore the “rules.” My style is predominantly abstract and geometric, yet functional. Often mixing a variety of clear textured glass with clear bevels and found objects, I’m inspired by nature, geometry, and Judaica. These works touch upon the darkest of times and move towards the brightness that the future may hold. A great deal of my work consists of functional gift items such as jewelry boxes, picture frames, nightlights, Chanukah menorahs, and mezuzahs. Many items are etched with biblical verses and meaningful quotes in English and/or Hebrew. Also an avid knitter, I have been developing ways to combine knit wire elements with the art of stained glass as well as accessories that knitters might find interesting.

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