Book now for 2014!
My studio sits surrounded by the magnificent mountains of Cul Mor, Suilven, Canisp and Ben Mor Assynt, in the North West Highlands Geopark. Not surprisingly, I have developed a deep interest in the story of the formation of this ancient landscape and it now forms the inspiration for much of my work.
And so, in August 2014, along with writer Christian McEwen, I am launching a new course which will concentrate on this theme and which, like the course we have been running on the Summer Isles, will explore both visual and written responses to a week of close communion with this landscape. To find out more, go to the
Marking Time in Assynt page.
Learn how to translate the colours, patterns and textures of the natural world into miniature textile works of art.
This new course for 2014, called Textile Translations, ask you to look closely at the world and gives you the skills needed to transform what you see into expressive textile surfaces. Visit the course page for more details.
Scrapbooking from Scratch
This exciting new Winter Weekend is an opportunity to escape to the Highlands and spend time away from all distractions, indulging yourself in some creative activity. The workshops will show you how to turn that pile of special photographs and souvenirs into a beautiful hand-made memory journal.
See Scrapbooking from Scratch for more details.
Artist and Teacher
I'm joining Katy Galbraith, and a gathering of other artists, in an exhibition called "In the Garden with Friends". It will take place at The Bield, Blackruthven, Tibbermore, Perthshire and runs from Saturday 5th until Saturday 26th April (except Mondays).
This is a large and wide-ranging exhibition, featuring mosaic, jewellery, photography, textiles, stained glass, ceramics and paintings. It will be a joyous celebration of all that is uplifting about spending an afternoon in the garden, surrounded by flowers and friends. I hope you have time to join us.
See In the Garden with Friends for more details.
Open Studio 2014
Jan's Studio in Elphin is open to visitors between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on the following days:
Easter: 17th - 24th April
Summer: 1st July - 10th August
Elphin Winter Market - Saturday, 8 November
Christmas: (Saturdays & Sundays)
6th & 7th December
13th & 14th December
20th & 21st December
To co-incide with my recent interest in translating the landscape around my home into embroidered textiles, I have developed a new course, which will take you through all the stages - from choosing a composition, through dyeing, print-making and collage and on to embroidery - all of which give you a rich collection of skills with which to produce you own textile interpretation of this theme.
Click here for more details.
Creativity and Slowing Down
on the Summer Isles 2014
This will be the fifth summer that I will spend working alongside writer Christian McEwen, providing a creative retreat on Tanera Mor, one of the Summer Isles. The recent publication of Christian's book World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down provides us with a theme and focus for the week, with the intention of giving inspiration to those who join us to make a little 'Tanera Time' in their daily lives.
We thought that last year's event would be the last, because the island is up for sale, but we are pleased to announce that we can visit this idyllic spot one more year. Please use the following link to find out a little more.
Visit the World Enough and Time course page.
The Art of Paper Recycling
It has been a few years since I've taught paper-making so I feel it is due to make a reappearance in the course calendar. This weekend is full of fun and surprise results, as you work your way through a pile of seemingly useless waste paper and card to make a series of gorgeous and delicate hand-cast papers and wee hand-made books.
See Recycled Paper and Book-making for more details.
What a fantastic range of sculptures were made during this year's sculpture week in Crieff - in fact, too many to be featured on this website, more's the pity. However, to see some of the new sculptures created, have a look at the Mosaic Sculpture Crieff course page. If you would like to try this yourself, bookings are already being taken for next year's version of this very popular course, so do contact Katy early.
Textile Dyeing and Printing
This five-day course leads you through a number of processes, such as batik, mono-printing and screen-printing, through which you will develop panels of white or unbleached cloth into intricately coloured and patterned textiles.
All methods used are low-tech, making them easy to continue at home and you leave with a huge bundle of unique cloths designed by your own good self!
Have a look at Textile Dyeing and Printing