Jennifer Renée Caden Merdjan is a working artist and designer. She also brings great enthusiasm as an educator in these disciplines. Her interests include design, printmaking, book arts and recycled art. Utilizing different art mediums she combines text and imagery. Her book If Shoes Could Talk contains colorful pages which place inspiring messages next to her shoe sculptures. In these works, ordinary shoes and odd objects are recycled, repurposed and transformed into faces, animals and sculptures. Like much of her artwork and teachings, this book attempts to help others; not only through it's message, but by joining forces with non-profit agencies for fundraising and interactive exhibits.
Jennifer and her artistic shoe sculptures were featured on Univision's Control TV show. Ms. Merdjan has also created a line of hand-painted silk scarves, which sold in boutiques throughout New York City and at the gift shop of the American Craft Museum (now the Museum of Art and Design), Henri Bendel, and at a benefit auction at the Argentine consulate. Select works in other mediums have also been on exhibit at Barnes and Noble, The Urban Center, Lever House, and the Joyce Robins Gallery. Her graphics have been published in the magazine Bridal Guide and the Wall Street Transcript, and she has done design work for Simon and Schuster. She has been awarded academic grants for study at Harvard, Stanford, New York University, Yale University, Accademia di Firenze in Italy, and summer-study tours in China, Germany and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.