The self-taught artist loves 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' embroidery floss and smooshy-faced dogs
Jeni Pie is a self-taught artist and Ohio native. The art medium she usually uses is some combination of fabric, embroidery and paint. She learned to sew at a young age and has been doing art all of her life, so it was natural to combine the two. Jeni Pie has a collaborative show with Benjamin Lamb, “Women in Revolt,” which opens at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 at Rehab Tavern. Here are a few things she loves.
Little fox dogs and smooshy-faced dogs
I have a Boston Terrier/Pug mix, and two long-haired Chihuahuas. It’s like The Great Baby Bear Cub and Foxy Loxes Super Play Time in my house, if we’re not all snuggled and napping. Dogs are dope and I love them all. ALL of them.
Columbus restaurants and food trucks
El Arepazo Latin Grill, The Mad Greek, getting sweet plantains from the Exotic Latino Grill truck, Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, the buffalo chicken burrito from Big Mama’s Burritos (excellent hangover cure, by the way), Condado tacos, Pierogi Mountain… I could go on, but all I have in front of me right now is an apple, and I'm pretty sure it’s not going to cut it after thinking about all the great eats the city offers.
Organizing embroidery floss
I have about five or six 10x7 boxes for my embroidery thread and accouterments. When things get overwhelming, I will get out the boxes and organize by color gradient until everything is tidy and neat. #threadporn.
Music has always been profoundly important to me, and sharing it with others is an awesome way to say, “You’re my friend. You’re cool. Here. This is cool, too.” Since Spotify allows playlist creation, I’ve picked up my love of making “mixtapes” again.
Spooky autumn ritual
It’s doesn’t always fall (pun) on the same day, but there’s a certain type of autumn day that is gloomy and brisk, the leaves are at their peak, and Halloween is a’comin’; I like to make myself a little girl dinner of cinnamon toast and tea and watch “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” It’s so moody. Then, I follow it with some REALLY scary movie, and usually I’m trapped on the couch because I’m too frightened to move. AND I LOVE IT.