top of page

Artist Statement

I create using found objects, old papers and photographs.  I’m fascinated by the lives of ‘ordinary’ people…how they lived day to day, the minutiae of everyday life.  Found materials intrigue me but also bring a sense of sadness and poignancy that they were discarded.

I try to honour these sentiments through my art.  I work mainly with stitch, collage, assemblage, and encaustic wax.  I like to create stories; to present forgotten materials in a way that makes them beautiful and profound.  I aim to engender a connection to the past and a recognition of the basic similarities between us and our predecessors, that the human experience is based on the same emotions, fears and pleasures regardless of the century.  

 

I'm at my happiest when I'm ambling around flea markets, auctions, and junk shops and have collected items for years on my travels.  My pieces rarely start with a plan; I’m usually drawn to the vintage materials and decide what is needed to tell their story.

I live in Plymouth, UK.

Jane-16_edited.jpg
IMG_E8382.JPG

 

My courses and workshops

 
Working with old photographs can be incredibly therapeutic; the person in the photograph becoming a conduit for your thoughts or feelings. I like to share my love of working with vintage materials and, in 2022, I co-wrote ‘Artful Memories; how to make unique art with old photographs.’ 
 
I teach, through my online courses, and in-person workshops, both in the UK and oveseas. My courses are about sharing techniques and structures for students to explore their own stories, true or imagined, through the use of found materials and photographs.
Please subscribe to my website to recieve details of my next courses.

"I had such a wonderful time at one of Jane’s workshops and will certainly go to more. Learning new techniques in a relaxed atmosphere reignited my creativity which has been somewhat lost recently. Life can have its challenges and we sometimes stop doing the thing that lifts us … creativity is good for the mind, body and soul! Thank you Jane, for sparking the magic again for me."

Christine G

  

"What a joy; inspirational studio. lots of fascinating techniques to experiment with, all materials supplied, delightful tutor so happy to share her thoughts and ideas, with plenty of tea coffee and biscuits. A thoroughly fabulous day thank you so much Jane!"

Lesley F

My exhibitions, publications and collections

Exhibitions

  • July 2023 - Vayo Collage Gallery, New York

  • May 2022 - Vayo Collage Gallery, New York

  • May 2022 - Weathered and Worn', Angel House Gallery, Shropshire, UK

  • July 2021 - 'I Didn't Lick It' - Bruton Correspondence School , Somerset, UK

  • July 2021 - South West Collage Collective - Artspace82 Gallery, Portland, UK - 'Disruption'

  • February 2021 - Memories of Love - Phototrouvee magazine online

  • August 2020 - 'Weathered and Worn' - Kingscombe Centre, Dorset - exhibition postponed due to Covid19

  • March 2020 - Fifty Bees exhibition -  Black Swan Arts Centre, Frome

  • April 2019 - Creative Innovation Centre, Taunton

Author

Co-authored 'Artful Memories: How to make unique art with old photographs' Published December 2021, Amazon and eBook available Artfulmemoriesbook.com

Publications

  • August 2023 - Somerset Studio Magazine - USA art magazine published by Stampington.com

  • Jan 2023 - Somerset Studio Magazine - USA art magazine published by Stampington.com 

  • 2022 - Echoes of Yesterday: by Phototrouvee Magazine

  • August 2021 - featured in Somerset Studio magazine - USA art magazine published by Stampington.com 

  • July 2021 - inclusion in 'Collage Care' book by Laurie Kanyer ISBN 978 - 0 - 578 - 94261 - 2

  • Sept 2020 - Photo Trouvee magazine - one of the featured artists on altered photograph artworks 

  • June 2020 - 'Made at Home' - ISBN 9781-9161148-14

Interviews

Feb 2022 - Vintage Page Designs

Oct 2020 - Ten19 Fibre Artists

Collections

  • 'Canary Yellow' collage was purchased by the Kanyer Collection in March 2021

Positions

  • Teacher for Fodder School - year-long online art school willawanders.com 2022-23

  • Member of the Design Team for The Graphics Fairy - November 2020 ongoing

  • Member of Society for Embroidered Work

bottom of page