My name is Jennifer Jensen and I began my career as an artist in the dance world performing, choreographing and making costumes in San Francisco in the 90s. I opened The Labyrinth Shop in 1994, on 22nd St. at Guerrero, making costumes for performances, while designing and running the store and staging fashion shows, around the city.
Dancing and creating costumes for Onsite Dance Company’s show “Arena” at Theatre Artaud.
I Moved The Labyrinth Shop to Haight St. and begin selling my hemp clothing line wholesale in New York at the NY Fashion Boutique show & around the country in places like Woodshole, Marthas Vineyard, Los Angeles, NY. while continuing to make costumes for choreographers and custom clothing for individual clients and wedding parties.
Labyrinth AKA Jennifer Jensen, Lily Hotchkiss and Fong Lam, create 2 clothing lines, Labyrinth Hemp clothing and Limpet Upholsterwear, which we sold to 1000s of people over a 6 year period, managing to make a name for ourselves in the early Hemp/ eco clothing movement and the beginnings of the young designer cutting edge, on the West Coast, that spawned a movement of fashion artists, that flourishes to this day.
Labryinth Feature from “Ooh La La” Fashion Segment
In 1999, after running Labyrinth for 7 years, I closed down the Shop and moved to Maui, to create the Art=Farm, in Haiku, Hawaii. Shortly after starting the Maui land project, I was hired, to make costumes for Robert Henry Johnson’s choreographed piece, “Thirsting” for the opening of the Oakland Ballet’s 2001 season at the Paramount Theatre. I traveled back to San Francisco for 2 months to create Five art costumes for the pop/rap group Zap Mama, singing live for 13 dancers w 26 costumes, *including masks and props, that went onstage September 14th 2001 for a two night run ( with 2 nights, 2 years later at the Yerba Buena Center).
My Costumes for “Thirsting” by Robert Henry Johnson at the Oakland Ballet, Paramount Theatre, 2001
Back On Maui, I helped write, design and perform in a collaborative interactive theater show, “Beyond Reality Strikes Back” a Star wars themed spoof on the Maui New Age scene. At the Art-Farm project, things were shaping up as I turned a raw jungle property, into a little piece of paradise, built and run entirely on solar power. Pursuing organic Permaculture practices for a food forest, communal living based on work trade exchange, property design with a focus on artistic, unique architecture and sacred geometry, The property was featured The Discovery Channels Destination America show, ‘Buying Hawaii’ the Maui episode ‘Jungle Fever’, in 2014.
I produce a mermaid clothing line, in Bali with fellow designer LaLaSun, and make costumes and stilt walk for stilt troupe Show Surreal , and the beginnings of my current clothing line in her earliest form: Zoetique, a collaboration with silk artist Cudra Clover and soon after, Island Nuvo, the mother of NuvoTerre.
“Zoetique” hand-painted silk and hand-dyed bamboo fabric.
Island Nuvo ~hand dyed Bamboo w shibori highlights, “The Vest of Tales”
During my last two years on Maui, I was invited to participate in The Art=Mixx event at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. In June 2012, my “Black & White” costumes went up at the height of the evening’s performance. Three tall goddesses float and sway amidst Escheresque video mapping, as part of the MACCs debut of their now famous Art=MIxx events, directed by Neida Bangerter and a team of creative geniuses.
Art=Mixx at the MACC.
Black and White ~ Art=Mixx.
In July of 2013, Island Nuvo unveiled her first runway fashion show as part of the MACC’s Art=Mixx Runway Event; collaborating with visual artist Jaisy Hanlon and video artist Josh Meredith, on the set and video backdrop. Jewelry and accoutrements by Rue Belle.
Art=Mixx Runway at the MACC .
In the fall of 2013, I moved to Southern Oregon where I continue to manifest into clothing form, the beauty of the world around me, with NuvoTerre Art to Wear.
Nuvoterre is currently selling at Tai Vautier Jewelry in Lake Oswego, Oregon, Indigo in Mendocino, California , The pop up store monthly in Ashland in front of Growler Guys and occasionally at the Eugene Saturday market. Studio visits are encouraged.