jane o'brien LSDC


Jane’s inspiration comes from her interest in textiles and the messages that they convey through their construction, pattern and colour.  She uses textiles to create a visual response about social culture and the world around us.  Sketch books and colour experiments are part of her working process and enable her to explore collage in small pieces as well as 3D installations.  Two recent projects used contrasting textures to express the hidden content of classical books and the social history of the damask pattern.  Her collage work continues in researching textile patterns as well as print on paper.

Jane’s background is in interior design and soft furnishings having worked as a designer as well as teaching the City & Guilds qualifications for ten years.  After gaining a Diploma in History of Art from Oxford University, she entered the world of textile art and completed the Diploma in Stitched Textiles with distinction at East Berkshire College in Windsor.

As a result of Jane’s teaching experience, she enjoys sharing her design development by giving talks and workshops. 


City & Guilds Soft Furnishings and Upholstery - Distinction
Certificate in Education
Diploma in the History of Art – Oxford University
Diploma in Stitched Textiles – Distinction - East Berkshire College


Oxford Textile Artists - Chairman
Oxford Embroiderers’ Guild
West Ox Arts Society
The Society of Designer-Craftsmen (MSDC)
Stroud International Textiles


Oxford Textile Artists - Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, May
Society of Designer Craftsman - Chelsea Art School, July 

2016 -2017
Hapticart, Riverhouse Gallery, Walton-on-Thames, Sept 2017
Oxfordshire Artweeks, May 2017
‘Starting Point’ Oxford Textile Workshop, Wantage Museum, Sept 2016
‘Capability Brown’, Oxford Embroiderers’ Guild, Blenheim Palace, April 2016

2013 - 2015
Society of Designer Craftsmen, The Mall Gallery, London
'Threads of Life', West Ox Arts, Bampton, Ox
'The Thames is Liquid History', HapticArt, Abingdon Museum, Ox.
Oxfordshire Artweek
'HapticArt', Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted
West Ox Arts Christmas Exhibition, Bampton, Ox.
'Five Minutes from Home', Oxford Embroiderers Guild, Wantage Museum, Oxon
'HapticArt', Riverhouse Gallery, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
'Losing the Thread', Strummer Pink Gallery, Beaminster, Dorset
'Follow The Thread', Oxford Textile Workshop, Abingdon Museum, Oxon

2009 – 2012
'HapticArt', Fountain Gallery, East Molesey, Surrey
'Losing the Thread', West Ox Arts, Bampton, Oxfordshire
'Threads of Time', Oxford University Press, Oxford
Oxfordshire Art Week
'Fabrications', West Ox Arts, Bampton
'Losing the Thread', Stroud International Textile Festival
'HapticArt', Black Swan Gallery, Frome, Somerset
Society of Designer Craftsman, The Mall Gallery, London
'On the Edge', HapticArt, Sunbury Gallery, Sunbury

Talks and Workshops

Stroud International Textile Festival.
West Ox Arts, Phoenix Stitchers.
Embroiderers’ Guild Branches, Abingdon Museum.
Thames Valley Contemporary Textiles.