Jan graduated from Loughborough University in 2002 with a BA in Textile Design and completed her MA in Fashion and Textiles with a Distinction in 2016. She has maintained her own business since 2003 when she was also a highly selected member of the Crafts Council Next Move Scheme. Since graduating in 2002, recognition of her work has become widespread both regionally and nationally. She has been awarded Arts Council England grants and a Crafts Council award and has become a selected member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and a Fellow of Design Factory. She works from a studio at home, on a traditional loom, in Nottinghamshire, England.
Although Jacquard weaving has enhanced her practice toolkit, Jan continues to like the idea of making something original which begins with just one thread and grows into the visual expression of an idea. The process of making something by hand is her abiding passion. The history of weaving inspires her to incorporate vintage yarns into her pieces whilst she gives them a contemporary twist with combinations of modern synthetic yarns. Jan hopes that her work will enrich the lives of those who see it and that the craft of the hand weaver will thrive.
05/2016 Awarded the Dean's Purchase Prize for Textiles, University of Derby
03/2016 Master of Arts, Fashion and Textiles with Distinction, University of Derby
01/2007 Arts Training Central, Practical Partnerships Scheme
10/2006 Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts
04/2006 Short listed for The Theo Moorman Trust for Weavers Grant Award
03/2006 Selected for a Research Mission to Japan; Arts Council, Design Factory, and the Department of Trade and Industry
09/2005 Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts
01/2005 Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts
02/2003 Crafts Council, Next Move Scheme
03/2001 Bradford Textile Society Competition: Commendation
"My inspiration comes from a variety of sources. The ephemeral nature of light and the exploration of multiple imaging through translucent surfaces are recurring themes that influence my hand woven textiles. Soft, shadowy colours encourage the emphasis of surface textural qualities whilst natural and synthetic fibre combinations provide a canvas of an incandescent, dreamlike quality. Each piece is woven on a traditional loom, hand dyed and hand finished. Recent work has become more three dimensional, using yarns and wire to punctuate a series of organic shapes with mark making."