Welcome to my new-look website. It has been fifteen years since I left school-teaching to find a more creative way to live and work. Over the years, this website has reflected my exploration of a wide range of media in my search for the ultimate in self-expression. I still make work that crosses the boundaries of word, image and form but, increasingly, I have found that my focus is on textile embroidery, particularly in a large format, as a medium for expressing the enormity of the presence of the landscape, of its profound influence on my inner and outer experience of life. And so, I have started to catalogue these new works, creating collections under various themes, the beginnings of which can be found if you go to the Textiles tab of the menu bar.
I would like to thank Brian Davidson from Up and Running Webs (website maker extraordinaire ) for the gift of this new website which not only allows me to share more of my new work but also, so I am told, allows you to see it on any mobile device. To misquote a well-known aphorism – time waits for no Jan!
I am rather excited to be preparing a large body of work for exhibition at the Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, in September of this year. Already I have been dyeing and print-making, laying down the first marks for another series of landscape-based work to be called Assynt Sutras.
And after a successful Christmas exhibition at the Macphail Centre, Ullapool last year, Chris and Fran are kindly allowing me to return for their 2015 Christmas exhibition. Once more, I will be joined by David Young, who utilises the natural curves and markings to be found in the wind-blown trees from his own garden to make intricately-patterned artefacts such as mirror frames and clocks. But more about this nearer the time.
To see a full list of exhibitions and dates, go to Textile Exhibitions.
From Rags to Riches - A Rag Rug Retreat
This retreat, which takes place on the idyllic Summer Isles, is specially designed to give you a completely stress-free break from the bustle of life. Working at a relaxed pace, you will learn this useful and satisfying traditional craft and how to convert it into all sorts of home furnishings. Join me for a few days of good company and good food and leave with new skills and, hopefully, a new hobby.
Visit the Rag Rug Retreat course page for more details.