“Looking back takes me forward”
Raised in the Southeast Alaska town of Yakutat, Jennifer was surrounded by nature and traditional ways of life. Jennifer is Tlingit of the Eagle Kaagwaantaan clan and now calls Sitka, Alaska home.
In 2012, Jennifer was awarded the Master Artist and Apprentice Grant in Traditional Native Arts from the Alaska State Council on the Arts. This launched her apprenticeship in the art of metal carving with renown Tlingit artist, Nicolas Galanin. Jennifer continued her carving career with Master Carver, Dave Galanin, from whom she learned to understand more about her Tlingit culture and the art of carving on metals.
Jennifer draws inspiration from traditional Tlingit formline designs, historic artifacts, spruce root basket weaving patterns, and from the contrast and texture of metals. Jennifer strives to continuously push the boundaries of her medium.
Jennifer is an award-winning artist with such honors as:
First Place for metal carving, Carving & Sculpture Division Best of Division, Carving & Sculpture Division 2016 | Celebration Northwest Coast Juried Art Show | Juneau, Alaska
People’s Choice - Jewelry/Metalwork 2017 | Adaka Cultural Festival | Whitehorse, Yukon
“I am fulfilling my dream of pursuing something related to traditional Tlingit art, while having the freedom to express my own style. My hope is that you will enjoy something I’ve created.”
— Jennifer Younger
Jennifer’s work has been displayed in print features, art installations and exhibitions around the world, including:
Conde Nast’s BRIDES magazine September/October 2019 edition | Featured Artist
Brave New Worlds, International Fashion Showcase February 2019 | Somerset House, London, UK (Collaboration with fashion designer Curtis Oland)
Read the story in Vogue HERE
Beyond Silver, Embelished Northwest Coast Jewelry, September 2018 | Lattimer Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Aasgutú Ádi (Forest Creatures), An Exhibit of Northwest Coast Formline, November 2017 | Duhesa Gallery, Colorado State Univ, Fort Collins, Colorado
Create, Memory, An Exhibit of Alaska Native Art February 2016 | Historic Sheldon Jackson Campus, Sitka, Alaska
Out of This World! Jewelry in the Space Age, June 2015-January 2016 | Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania