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Artist of the Week: Jenny Fillius

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with other mediums?
Since I was a little kid. I had my first solo show of pen and ink drawings at the Richmond Art Center when I was 13. Mostly it's the tin I've been obsessed with for the past 11 years.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
First I have to find the tins at thrift stores etc. then I deconstruct them by removing the bottom and cutting down the seam, then flattening it. Then it's ready to be cut up and added to a collage. As the pieces are ready they are nailed (or blind riveted to each other ) to plywood. I keep a sketchbook of ideas to work from.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from?
Sometimes the tin inspires a piece, but mostly it's just all in my imagination. Life inspires me.

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
One I did right after returning from India is special to me. I found the colors and patterns of Indian textiles quite exciting.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
Almost dying. I was this (pinching my forefinger and thumb together) close to tip toeing into the shadows. I didn't have any oxygen for 5 minutes and spent 11 days in the trauma ward at Harborview. Anaphylactic shock. The experience made me make art and family a priority. I made a list of all I wanted to accomplish and have been able to cross almost everything off so far.

If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?
My website is a good place to start!

What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
Yes! There are always so many ideas. I'm working on some 3D pieces that are challenging and I'm learning about using a scroll saw so I can cut wood into interesting shapes to cover with tin.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!
Strong with almond milk!