Jane Balshaw, textile artist

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Although I try to live every part of my life in constant creative expression, I am passionate about making lasting works of art to enjoy over and over.  My mediums for this type of expression are fabric, paint and thread resulting in stretched quilted textile art.  Click on the links below to see some of my current and past work….

I was drawn to sewing at an early age.  The mother of my childhood best friend was a high school home economics teacher.  In those lazy days of country summer long ago, Mrs. Robb taught we 9 year-olds the gentle art of homemaking.  We cooked, we cleaned and we sewed.  Our first sewing projects were aprons and from there forth I was hooked.  It was the collage aspect of sewing that grabbed me; combing different fabrics then selecting coordinating rick rack or buttons.  That interest carried me far into adulthood and I continued garment-making, most often in the realm of wearable art.

I come from a long line of artists back several generations and on all sides – photographers, oil and water colorists, art brush artists, sign painters, graphic artists, musicians – but it wasn’t until I picked up a brush and applied it to fabric that I feel I joined in their ranks.  It was like a light bulb went off for me; the tactile sensation of buttery paint that my father had taught me how to use combined with bend & drape of fabric, enhanced by a color-sense absorbed by osmosis through the artists around me was like completion.  This is my own unique expression and although there are many quilt artists and fabric printers out there, I have come to my techniques through personal experimentation rather than through tutorial.

I hope you enjoy my work! 

You might also enjoy seeing some of my late aunt’s artwork now seen on-line managed by my sister, Nell Melcher   Read about my multi-generation artist family here…

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