Je’Tone Cherene Alexander

I was born in Los Angeles, California and spent the majority of my childhood in Toledo, Ohio. My fascination and passion for making developed early thanks to my dear grandma. I spent many weekends as her craft show sidekick, helping her set-up then tear-down her booth. However, my favorite job was parading her fuzzy marionette creatures throughout the craft show grabbing the attention of potential customers. When I turned 8 she bought me my first Singer sewing machine, which 1st sparked my love/hate relationship with textiles.

In 2009 I moved to Ann Arbor to attend Eastern Michigan University for elementary art education but right before my senior year I switched majors to better explore my artistic options. This past December I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Through my experimentation and manipulation of fabrics my Fibers concentration allowed me to evolve into the artist I am today. I consider myself a creative jack-of-all-trades and a versatile maker but my true passion is millinery. I hope to one day launch a small millinery company catering to women who still express themselves through their Sunday hats. I would also like to create a line of chemo-caps and wraps for women suffering from hair loss. I want to give these inspiring women more options to express themselves rather than the bandanas and basic scarves there are now.

Je'Tone is checked out on: Amaya 16-thread CNC Embroidery Machine, Epilog Laser Cutter, ShopBot CNC Router, 3- Saws Class, Planer/Jointer/Drum Sander, Drill Press/Bandsaw, MIG/TIG Welding

Skills:

Fibers:
Sewing Machine experience ~domestic, industrial, serger, & blind stitch machine Embroidery ~by hand & domestic machine
Fabric dying ~ immersion, low immersion, resist dying, Shibori
Low-tech Screen Printing ~w/stenciling, photo emulsion process, drawing fluid w/screen filler
Hand weaving Set-up & Weaving on traditional loom ~plain, double, rib, sear sucker, vertical herringbone, twill, & extended twill weave
Needle & wet felting
Garment construction ~pattern reading & making 3D patterning
Silk painting
Crochet
Straw/Wool hat blocking
Beading

Misc:
Basic woodworking
Ceramics
Drawing Face & body painting
Special effects make-up
Jewelry Making

Interests:

Meeting new people & providing excellent customer service
Childhood art education
Learning & exploring new mediums
Gaining a better understanding of computer design programs related to making 2D & 3D
Sharing the knowledge I do have

Passions:

Self expression
Creating
Millinery
Educating
Learning
Halloween