Stitched quilt, mono-printed and random painted cotton cloth. Collaged with needle-felted wool, styrofoam meeting package try, and compressed painted sponge in a white frame by textile artist, Jane Balshaw. This piece is 19″ x 19″ and 22″ x 22″ framed.
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“My work is a contemporary expression, yet is created by borrowing tools and techniques from the Old World Decorative Arts. The likes of skip troweling, faux graining and solvent-dispersed paint make it to my fabric painting, along with the implementation of The Masters’ styles, executed with thought to the Golden Ratio. Further embellished with paper-making, felting, wood burning and jewelers’ techniques, it all comes together in the form of a stitched or quilted textile. It has taken me years to hone in and merge my love of the earlier aesthetics with my love of a modern expression. My hope is that when my work is seen as a collaboration of all these parts, it promotes a feeling of awe and inspiration.”
Jane Balshaw is a fourth generation artist; she learned her craft through observation and experimentation. In her youth she earned her living as a silversmith and jewelry maker, then transitioned to dressmaker, make-up artist, aesthetician and stylist, all the while practicing carpentry & interior decorative arts for personal expression. In the 1980s Balshaw found quilting. Through this medium many of her skills came together to form her individualist style of art, using the time-honored craft traditions of cloth, needle and thread, expressed through the eyes of a painter.