Jan Kilpatrick - photograph by Kevin Percival



Jan Kilpatrick was born in Glasgow in 1963 and graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in English and History. She has explored a variety of roles in her working life, including teaching English in schools and running her own upholstery business, whilst living in such remote locations as Achiltibuie, rural Perthshire and the East Sutherland fishing village of Helmsdale. The diverse experiences and skills she has acquired along this journey have found expression in the textile-based artwork she produces today.

"Much of my work is born of the fragility of domestic life as lived on the edge of a wilderness landscape and is often developed from the themes and motifs to be found in my own poetry.  It is an exploration of the intrinsic beauty and potential of the seasonal and everyday rituals that take place in the wild yet familiar environment that enfolds my life. I work with recycled, found and natural materials, each with their own history and patina, and these give  each new work a resonance with the past.  As I go deeper into the experience of living with the land,  I find myself using more natural pigments and print-making techniques as the basis for my stitched textile work. Often, I present lyrical text within the work, with this combination of image and word allowing me the fullest expression of my understanding of the relationship, both ordinary and sacred, between the human experience and the natural world within which we dwell."


Jan now lives in Elphin, a crofting township in Assynt, Sutherland, 15 miles north of Ullapool. She combines working to commission and for exhibition with teaching the dyeing, printing and stitching of textiles, creative book-making and mosaic.


In recent years, Jan has produced a series of large-format textile wall-hangings, which were exhibited at The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, in September 2015, under the title of Assynt Sutras.   She returned to that venue in the autumn of 2016 when she showed a body of work entitled MarineThis was a joint exhibition with Glagow mural artist and illustrator Chelsea FrewShe has spent 2017 in further developing her work in relation to the land, in particular using natural materials as a medium for print-making.  This research will form the basis of a new collection of work - The Fabric of the Land - which will be exhibited at The Ceilidh Place in September/October 2018.


Open Studio 2018

Jan's Studio in Elphin is open to visitors between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm on the following days:

Spring: Saturday 24th March to Sunday 8th April

Summer: Wednesday 1st August to Friday 31st August


Jan holds a collection of her larger works at her Studio. To arrange a private viewing please email Jan or telephone 01854 666279 to arrange a time.

Visit the Open Studio / Location  page for more details. 


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Email : jan@wildtiles.co.uk    Tel : 01854 666279,   Postal Address : Jan Kilpatrick, Cul Mor, Elphin, By Lairg, Sutherland, IV274HH.

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