Jan Dowson: Award-Winning Textile Art Tutor & Textile Artist
Today on the Stitchery Stories textile art podcast, Jan Dowson shares her joy of teaching textile art over 20 years and in the process facilitating 8 students who achieved City & Guilds Gold Medals. Jan has also received a City & Guilds Gold Medal for teaching as well as 2 other prestigious awards. Following retirement, it’s now ‘her time’ so Jan can focus on her own textile art and enjoy her own creativity.
Continue reading to discover the highlights of our chat and to see examples of Jan’s work …
Susan Weeks chats with Jan about:
- A busy exhibition schedule at the start of 2018
- Creating a very successful career in textile art tuition
- Expressing challenging subjects in textile art
- Her ongoing inspiration from a wide variety of sources, including family members and memories, dog walks, and the nearby sea.
- Loving simplistic applique and slow hand stitch, darned, covered surfaces
- Using felt, wire and lots of paint to transform fabric into ‘something else’
- Facilitating 8 City & Guilds Gold Medals awarded to her students over the years.
- Winning her own City & Guilds Gold Medal for teaching
- An additional award from the Worshipful Company Of Broderers
- Why Jan loves to polish her work room sink….
- Winning the Embroiderers Guild Beryl Dean Award for Teaching Excellence in Embroidery & Design in 2015
- If you don’t like your piece… cut it up or throw paint on it!
- Taxidermy – is this the latest challenge for Jan?