Jennifer Hemphill Tatroe graduated from the University of Illinois in 1995 with degrees in English and Rhetoric, and a minor in Women's Studies. After stints in the publishing and tech industries, a volunteer position teaching art to elementary school students ignited her interest in visual arts, and she founded J.H. Tatroe (then called Palimpsestic) in Seattle in 2010. She now resides in Windsor, Colorado with her husband, Kevin, and son, Hadden.
Jenn is an accomplished writer with more than twenty short fiction credits. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2008. Her background in writing and literature plays directly into her current work with upcycled books, fueling her interest in the relationships readers form with iconic works of literature and the memories stirred by printed words in an age of digital media.
Many of Jenn’s products are created from used books, acquired from library discards, used book sales, thrift stores, and secondhand bookshops. She seeks out mass-printed books in poor condition, in an effort to keep their stories alive for those who have read and loved them in the past. In 2017, J.H. Tatroe added fine crepe paper flowers and botanicals to her line, specializing in collections inspired by favorite authors and characters.