“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris
Swallowfield is owned by artist Jennifer Judd-McGee. Her bricks and mortar shop first opened in the spring of 2016 in Northeast Harbor, Maine. Prior to opening the shop on Main Street, Jen worked as a full time artist, regularly showing her original work in galleries across the US for the past ten years. She has sold prints, cards, and ornaments in her Etsy shop since Etsy’s very early days. Jen also had the opportunity to do some licensing and freelance editorial art for different companies and publishers, such as Target and the MTA Arts For Transit Program. Over those years Jen developed a passion for small, mostly women-owned businesses who were also interested in slow design, mutual respect of other artists, and supporting each other’s creative endeavors. She found she truly loves to know the stories of the people who make beautiful and functional items.
Jen lives with her family here in Northeast Harbor and much of her own work is influenced by mid century modern design, Scandinavian influences, the patterns and forms she sees in nature and her coastal Maine and Acadia National Park surroundings. When she isn’t doing art (her favorite mediums to work in are papercutting, mixed media collage and drawing) or working at the shop, you can find Jen walking her pup Hank on a carriage road, or getting out into the beauty of Mount Desert Island in every way she can. It’s easy to see how her work connects to her living here on Mount Desert Island, and can help others to feel and relive that experience too.
Swallowfield aspires to be the place you come for your gift-giving and self-care needs. Some of our products feature Jen’s artwork; we truly believe function and beauty can go hand in hand. Our wooden puzzles feature Jen’s designs and a few from other artists we admire; we also carry a constantly changing selection of notecards, prints, tea towels, wooden trays, coasters, notebooks and pillows with Jen’s designs. You’ll find these items, and so much more, from makers we respect and admire. When you leave Swallowfield, you can feel confident that your purchases supported small businesses, primarily women-owned, artists and makers.
Everyone who works at Swallowfield knows the stories behind the companies and products we carry, and can tell you all about their process. You might see Jen at the shop, or Caroline, Jen’s first year-round employee. We are super proud to represent the artists and makers we have in the shop, and to introduce them to our customers. We hope everyone leaves the shop with a little extra joy to carry through the rest of their day.