Multi-media artist Jennifer Doheny Peter is a self taught illustrator, greeting card and textile designer. After 15 years living in Portland, Oregon, where she started her greeting card business Urban Bird Designs, Jennifer moved back to her home town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Now in its 14th year, Urban Bird continues to be a successful line of clever greeting cards that Jennifer illustrates, markets and distributes to over one hundred retailers throughout the United States and Canada.
Using the wax/resist and dying process of batik, Jennifer also creates patterns for her unique paper batik lampshades and large panels. The wax, dye and paper process results in beautiful illuminated works. Jennifer looks forward to using her batik patterns as well as her Urban Bird illustrations to create a line of textiles for home décor and children's décor.
Jennifer is passionate about animals and their magical qualities . She works from her own photographs whenever possible and takes great consideration when creating a sentiment for a greeting card to pair with that animal.
"I call my business Urban Bird Designs because I am grateful to the birds, insects and other wildlife that cohabitate with us in urban areas. They keep us connected to the natural world and offer us a place to rest our minds in our busy, city lives."
~Jennifer Doheny Peter
Jennifer has twice traveled the country in a travel trailer doing sales for Urban Bird. She has owned and operated her own retail store in Bay View, Wisconsin. She consults with other artists about starting their own greeting card line, and teaches a greeting card seminar at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Jennifer has been featured on the television program Oregon Art Beat as well as in several newspaper and magazine articles. See more at www.theworldisonyourside.com or click the images below to watch some videos about Jennifer and visit her eco batik blog.
See Jennifer featured on Oregon Art Beat on
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Learn more about Jennifer's batik process