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 - Part 1 and 11 - Distinction
Certificate in Education
Diploma in the History of Art – Oxford University
Diploma in Stitched Textiles – Distinction - East Berkshire College, Windsor
Oxford Embroiderers’ Guild
Oxford Textile Workshop
West Ox Arts Society
Society of Designer Craftsman – Licentiateship with Merit
‘Losing the Thread’ Textile Group
Stroud International Textiles
'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
Iain Rennie Hospice Charity, Stroud International Textile Festival,
Newbury Embroiderers Guild, West Ox Arts, Oxford Embroiderers Guild, Phoenix Stitchers.