Jan's love of embroidery has always been part of her life since childhood days in Mt Colah, NSW. Jan's mother always made the children's clothes and did embroidery and patchwork later on in her life.
Prior to moving to Grafton, Jan produced domestic pottery and taught students in her home studio. Jan continued this in Grafton, however, as the children grew her passion returned to embroidery.
Jan commenced this new chapter in embroidery exploring Stumpwork; starting with smaller projects, Jan was known as the 'Frangipani Lady' and even boasts a tattoo to match! From this, Jan developed her own Stumpwork style and designs moving into Australian Flora and Landscapes. Many of these designs have been published with the Australian Embroidery Magazine - Embroidery and Cross stitch.
Through The Embroiderers' Guild NSW, Jan has completed numerous courses to include
Goldwork Correspondence Course - 18 months
Advanced Techniques Course specialising in Surface Stitchery - 12 months
Practical Teaching Skills Course - 12 months
Proficiency Course - Highest qualification possible through the Guild - Area of Study - Surface Stitchery - 24 months
Felting - numerous to include basic felting techniques, nuno felting and needle felting
Mixed media fibre and textile courses - to include book covers, beading and machine embroidery
Jan has exhibited widely from Brisbane to Sydney, to include the Grafton Regional Gallery. Jan's work has also been awarded many prizes, the most significant Grand Champion of Fine Arts at The Royal National A and I Association of Queensland (EKKA) for three years running.
Jan currently teaches privately from her home in Grafton weekly, with The Embroiderer's Guild NSW Inc. both in Sydney and Regional NSW, Koala Conventions in Brisbane QLD as well as with other interested groups.
I enjoy designing my own embroideries from nature, inspired by either my own backyard or when travelling. I use my love of two and three dimensional work to combine different techniques across my design. Using one or more strands of the same thread, or indeed utilising textures of many varied threads with mixed media, pieces are brought to life.