Born and raised in Olive Hill, Jerri Schlenker has a BA degree in art from Morehead State University but is completely self-taught in weaving. Jerri’s painting background helps her combine vivid colors in her weavings, and develop new designs based on traditional Scottish plaids. She has researched different Scottish patterns such as Black Watch, MacLoed, Prince Charles Stewart, and Buchanan, which are specifically associated with a Scottish family name and are used in traditional kilts. Jerri has incorporated these historical Scottish plaid designs into one of her lines of table runners and rugs.
Jerri weaves using cotton threads in both the weft (cross-wise threads or width) and the warp (the threads going length-wise in the weaving) of her cotton rag rugs which is different from standard weaving practice. This makes Jerri’s work very user friendly – it is machine washable and all cotton. Other materials she uses include tobacco bailing cord, rags cut into strips and orlon acrylic. Jerri often does individual commissions to match specific colors and patterns.
Jerri’s work can be found at her showroom in Olive Hill, KY and at Appalachian Fireside Gallery in Berea, KY.