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 Blue Ridge Artisans, Jennifer Tepper Heverly

Abstract Acrylic Artist, Dyer


I’ve been passionate about color and art for as long as I can remember. As a child, I took art classes with my father, a local DC architect, at the Smithsonian Institute, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and several other local venues in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. I have a degree in English Literature from the Catholic University of America, with minors in Fine Art and Philosophy. It feels like I’ve always had either a colored pencil, paint brush, ceramics tool, calligraphy pen, or knitting needles in my hands. Creative pursuits have always been my avocation, and now they’re happily my vocation as well. Reading Robert Frost in high school Enlish Lit classes provided me with my life’s mantra: “But yield who will to their separation, My object in living is to unite My avocation and my vocation As my two eyes make one in sight.”


I started my yarn business, Spirit Trail Fiberworks, in January, 2003 after taking a dye workshop at a local studio. I had been searching for a new profession after retiring from my commercial real estate career in Washington, DC, after our son was born. I’ve been a knitter since I was a teenager, and have always loved the tactile process of creating something functional and wearable. I’ve also always been very attuned to the power of color, not only to its ability to affect and change one’s mood and daily outlook, but also to how differently and individually people experience color and are drawn to some colors more than others.

My yarns and silk scarves are dyed in small, artisanal batches at my studio utilizing various dye techniques to achieve the results I want, from kettle dyeing, to hand-painting, speckling and other techniques. I hope my work will be the catalyst for creating beautiful knitted, crocheted, or woven objects.


I also happily pursue color in my other medium of choice, painting abstract acrylics, where I focus on the play and movement of color, and the juxtaposition between colors. My goal is to create work with visual impact, which elicits an individual and personal response from the viewer solely through the choice and interplay of color.


My studio is located at Blue Ridge Artisans, at the Sperryville Schoolhouse complex in Sperryville, VA, on the lower level of the old one-room schoolhouse building. The entrance is on the left side of the building, down the sidewalk.

Professional Distinction: Commission/Custom Work, Consignment/Retail, Demonstrations, Exhibition, Instruction, Public Art/Installations, Wholesale Production

Jennifer Tepper Heverly

Member of Trail Networks:
Rappahannock County Artisan Trail, site # 106




Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: 11-5

Federal Holiday Mondays: 11-5

Regular Mondays - Thursday: by appointment or by chance

12018 B Lee Highway
Sperryville, VA 22740