Mixed Media Artist

J J Worden

I Need to Make Things Even if Nobody Cares

Mediums - Fripperies


plural fripperies

A frivolous thing, silly or unnecessary, and only done or worn for pleasure. 

syn. trinket, bauble, knickknack, gewgaw, gimcrack, bibelot, furbelow, novelty, curiosity, gimmick, trifle, bagatelle

When we lived on the farm I used to carry wire cutters in my pocket lest Stella, our dog ever get caught in a coyote snare (happened once. thankfully she stopped immediately and waited for me to find her. I started carrying them the next day.) A roll of wreath wire found its way in there too and as we went on our daily walk I'd make things: crosses or Xs (depends on your POV!), wild bouquets, stick mobiles, attaching them to trees around the property.

Often I'd come home with interesting bits of wood or sticks, little rocks, bits of woodland detritus in my pockets and I started making little fripperies... to hang, to wear, to decorate.

As time went on I started to incorporate metal bits, stamped words into these pieces and after learning how to make chain with steel wire? Well, it kinda got out of hand from there. And sometimes I make things for sale.

Available work can be found in the ART (for sale) section.


Current Work

Artist Statement

Artist Statement

I'mJen Worden

Maker of Things

The little details, the subtle nuance.
How we feel, what we see and smell and hear.
The distant call of a crow.
The feel of the Spring sun on our face as we emerge from the dark, cold winter.
These are the experiences and layers that interest me.

Because everything is connected to everything.

Our stories may be different but why we tell them is the same.
To feel connected and loved.
To be heard.

Through layers of wax and plaster, paint and photographs.
With rusty nails and found objects and wire.
These are my stories.

Contact Info

354 Sarty Road RR2 . Wentzell Lake
Nova Scotia . Canada