Janet Bolton
Janet Bolton

I encourage students to develop their own ideas, with the emphasis on individual attention .The emphasis is on the composition rather than particular stitching techniques, and on allowing the work to develop throughout the process.

What will students gain if they come on one of your courses?

Confidence and the ability to develop an idea from the start using the materials themselves rather than transposing an idea worked out in another medium.

Are there any particular techniques/processes you use in your teaching?

Hand stitching, using the stitch as a drawn line. Turning in the edges of the different elements to finalise the shape. Different ways of introducing and adding found objects. Framing and presenting the work will also be covered.

What inspires your own work?

Memory, imagination and observation. Sometimes the fabric itself can trigger these responses. A love of continuing an age-old technique often associated with practical usage, with a purely picture making intent, using fabric with all its resonances and human connotations instead of paint or other medium.

Where can students see examples of your work?

Contemporary Applied Art. Percy Street London.
Godfrey and Watt, Harrogate
Changing exhibition venues throughout the year.(See my website)

Where did you gain your training?

“The Harrris School of Art “ Preston N.D.D. Liverpool School of Art t A.T.D.

Teaching experience:

Secondary school “A” level, junior school Visiting lecturer,
Royal College of Art’ Visiting lecturer
Manchester School of Art Out reach with Contemporary Applied Arts,
Various workshops in Museums
Various workshops for different groups throughout the world.

Is your work in any public or private collections?

The Craft Council Collection
The Embroiderers Guild Museum Collection
The British council Collection

Books and articles:

Latest book, Janet Bolton Textile Pictures.
Quiltmania Patchwork folk Art about to be republished.
Others out of print (see web)

Professional groups and societies: