Making a Summer
out of Winter
This weekend in February is designed to encourage participants to find time in their lives for small practices that will lead to an increase in their personal well-being. Join Jan and Hazel as they explore creative ways of finding light within the darkness of winter.
Visit the Making a Summer out of Winter page for more details.
Open Studio 2015
Jan's Studio in Elphin is open to visitors between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on the following days:
Spring: 1st - 24th April
Summer: 1st July - 30th August
Creating Assynt was a series of community workshops run during summer 2014. These catered for all ages and resulted in art and writings in response to the ancient landscape of Assynt in north west Sutherland.
To see some images from that week, go to Creating Assynt.
To co-incide with my recent interest in translating the landscape around my home into embroidered textiles, I have developed a new course, which will take you through all the stages - from choosing a composition, through dyeing, print-making and collage and on to embroidery - all of which give you a rich collection of skills with which to produce you own textile interpretation of this theme.
Visit Embroidered Landscapes for more details.
Artist and Teacher
I am rather excited to be preparing a large body of work for exhibition at the Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, in September of this year. Already I have been dyeing and print-making, laying down the first marks for another series of landscape-based work to be called Assynt Sutras.
And after a successful Christmas exhibition at the Macphail Centre, Ullapool last year, Chris and Fran are kindly allowing me to return for their 2015 Christmas exhibition. Once more, I will be joined by David Young, who utilises the natural curves and markings to be found in the wind-blown trees from his own garden to make intricately-patterned tactile artefacts such as mirror frames and clocks. But more about this nearer the time.
To see a full list of exhibitions and dates, go to Textile Exhibitions.
My studio sits surrounded by the magnificent mountains of Cul Mor, Suilven, Canisp and Ben Mor Assynt, in the North West Highlands Geopark. Not surprisingly, I have developed a deep interest in the story of the formation of this ancient landscape and it now forms the inspiration for much of my work.
And so, in August 2014, along with writer Christian McEwen, I launched a new course which concentrated on this theme and which, like the course we have been running on the Summer Isles, explored both visual and written responses to a week of close communion with this landscape. To see how the 2014 participants found this experience, go to the
Marking Time in Assynt page, which now contains a slide show of images and even a short video. I am taking names for the next course (dates to be confirmed) so, if you would like to take part, please e-mail Jan
to register your interest.
A fellow visitor to The Summer Isles
From Rags to Riches -
A Rag Rug Retreat
This retreat is specially designed to give you a completely stress-free break from the bustle of life. Working at a relaxed pace, you will learn this useful and satisfying traditional craft and how to convert it into all sorts of home furnishings. Join me for a few days of good company and good food and leave with new skills and, hopefully, a new hobby.
Rag Rug Retreat
course page for more details.
Last May's crop of Garden Mosaic Tables were magnificent and so I have updated the course page with some new photographs. This course is very popular and will be running again this year, but in March, when we will be working in Allan's Studio, rather than out in Katy's garden. It will be the last time I run this course in Crieff so, if you have been thinking about attending, it might be a good idea to book now.
Mosaic Garden Tables Crieff course page to find out more.
In September 2014 we spent a magical week on the Summer Isle of Tanera, taking time to look and listen to the sights and sounds of this most natural environment. To see some images of the experience, go to World Enough and Time. There is a slim chance that we might be able to offer this course again next year. If you would like to take part, please e-mail Jan
to register your interest.