About

About 

Jane’s art has developed from her interest in textiles.  Her work identifies how cloth conveys symbols of ceremony, status and protection as well as how patterns adapt as they are traded across cultural borders.  She is inspired by the damask patterns that originated in the East and developed in the silk industry of Renaissance Italy.

This historical research has led Jane to use a wide range of textures and patterns to convey visual meaning in her Damask Series as well as her book sculptures, Egyptian pieces, East meets West, War Letters and many of her collages. Her pieces often incorporate printed papers using small hand stitches to add a line or to link the elements.  Portraits and text enhance the story telling of her work.

Jane comes from a family of artists.  Her background is in interior design and soft furnishings having worked as a designer and teacher.   She has Diplomas in the History of Art from Oxford University Continuing Education as well as Stitched Textiles from Buckingham University.  She is a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen exhibiting with the group at the Mall Galleries and Chelsea Art School.  Jane is Chairman of the Oxford Textile Artists having curated their group exhibitions at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock.  She is also a member of HapticArt, Oxford Embroiderers’ Guild, Oxford Asian Textile Society and West Ox Arts.

Selection of Exhibitions

2020

HapticArt, ‘Abingdon Treasures’, Abingdon Museum, 4 April – 28 June
Oxford Artweeks, St. Michael’s Church, Summertown, 16-25 May
Oxford Textile Artists, Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, 2 – 31 May

2018 – 2019

‘Colour’ HapticArt, Fountains Gallery, Hampton Court, West Molesey
Oxford Textile Artists, Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock
Society of Designer Craftsmen, Chelsea Art School, London
Oxford Artweeks, St. Michael’s Church, Summertown, Oxford

2015– 2017

HapticArt, Riverhouse Gallery, Walton-on-Thames
Oxfordshire Artweeks
‘Capability Brown’, Embroiderers’ Guild, Blenheim Palace
Society of Designer Craftsmen, The Mall Gallery, London
‘Page 17’, Embroiderers Guild, Knit & Stitch Exhibitions
‘Threads of Life’, West Ox Arts, Bampton, Oxfordshire
‘The Thames is Liquid History’, HapticArt, Abingdon Museum

2008 -2014

‘Threads of Time’, Oxford University Press, Oxford
‘Fabrications’, West Ox Arts, Oxfordshire
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 Embroidery Gallery
Losing the Thread, Sewell Gallery, Radley College, Oxfordshire
Oxford Open Exhibition, Modern Art Oxford
HapticArt, Fountains Gallery, East Molesley, Surrey
‘Diversity’. Losing the Thread, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset
‘Alternative Oxford’, O3 Gallery, Oxford Castle

Talks and Workshops

Stroud International Textile Festival
Embroiderers’ Guild Branches
West Ox Arts
Phoenix Stitchers
Thames Valley Contemporary Textiles
The Worshipful Company of Barbers & Surgeons

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