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 extraordinare) 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 and tide 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.
Open Studio 2015