Janelle Gramling is a self-taught fiber and ceramic artist, entrepreneur, historic home restorer, community art activist/educator, stylist, and photographer in Milwaukee, WI.
Gramling's work is designed and hand-made in her Milwaukee studio. Every season, she pulls work from her experiments in fiber, found object, and ceramics to curate a collection of home decor and wearable adornments revolving around a theme. Inspired by raw natural materials and traditional techniques, her work touches on themes of personal symbolism and sacred geometry with a minimal yet playful aesthetic.
Brick and Mortars Stockists
Chicago, IL - Modern Co-op
Minneapolis, MN- Forage Modern Workshop
Cincinnati, OH- Fern Studio
Pittsburgh, PA - The Shop in East Liberty
Philadelphia, PA - Moon + Arrow
Kansas City, MO - Coveted Home
Nevada City, CA - KitKitDizzi
From 2005 to 2012 Janelle ran her label Little Ocean, a line of jewelry and women's and children's clothing made with vintage and reclaimed materials. Also in 2005, in collaboration with other local artists and fashion designers, she opened a designer co-op and boutique in Milwaukee, WI named Fasten. She co-managed and operated Fasten until 2009.
From 2007-2009 Janelle taught monthly sewing classes for the community through Fasten. Also through the designer co-op she organized, produced, and participated in over a dozen fashion shows in Milwaukee venues to showcase local talent.
After stepping away from the designer co-op and clothing design, Janelle began exploring new methods in fiber arts. Continuing on her autodidact journey of independent study and sourcing knowledge from individuals in the community, she picked up weaving, fiber sculpture, plant-based dye techniques, shibori techniques, and quilting.
In the fall of 2012, Janelle's mother-in-law, Lori Gramling, invited Janelle into her ceramic studio and shared her knowledge and encouragement. Falling in love with the medium, Janelle studied clay and glazes through her own experimentation. Now a mainstay in her product line, Janelle continues in ceramics while still expanding her vocabulary in the fiber arts. The marriage of the two materials is her current passion.