Jan Kilpatrick - photo by Kevin PercivalJan Kilpatrick was born in Glasgow in 1963 and graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in English and History. She has explored a variety of roles in her working life, including teaching English in schools and running her own upholstery business, whilst living in such remote locations as Achiltibuie, rural Perthshire and the East Sutherland fishing village of Helmsdale. The diverse experiences and skills she has acquired along this journey have found expression in the textile-based artwork she produces today.

"Much of my work is born of the fragility of domestic life as lived on the edge of a wilderness landscape and is interwoven with the themes and motifs to be found in my own poetry.  It is an exploration of the intrinsic beauty and potential of the seasonal and everyday rituals that take place in the wild yet familiar environment that enfolds my life. I work with recycled, found and natural materials, each with their own history and patina, and these give  each new work a resonance with the past.  As I go deeper into the experience of living with the land,  I find myself drawn towards using more natural pigments and print-making techniques as the basis for my stitched textile work. Often, I present lyrical text within the work, with this combination of image and word allowing me the fullest expression of my understanding of the relationship, both ordinary and sacred, between the human experience and the natural world within which we dwell."


Jan now lives in Elphin, a crofting township in Assynt, Sutherland, 15 miles north of Ullapool. She combines working to commission and for exhibition with teaching the dyeing, printing and stitching of textiles, creative book-making and mosaic.


In recent years, Jan has produced a series of large-format textile wall-hangings, which were exhibited at The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, in September 2015, under the title of Assynt Sutras.   She returned to that venue in the autumn of 2016 when she showed a body of work entitled MarineThis was a joint exhibition with Glagow mural artist and illustrator Chelsea Frew

Jan has spent 2017 in further developing her work in relation to the land, in particular using natural materials as a medium for print-making.  This year she be showing a range of textile works alongside Mairearad Green, award-winning composer and musician from Achiltibuie, who has more than a few strings to her bow.  They have collaborated before, through song-writing, but this time Mairearad is producing paintings full of an energetic expression of the spirit of the north west.  They both feel such a strong connection to the land in this part of the Highlands that they think their work will make perfect companions.  The exhibition will take place at The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, between 26th of August and the 7th of October 2018


Open Studio 2018

Jan's Studio in Elphin is open to visitors between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm on the following days:

Wednesdays, between 2nd May and 26th September

except for the following Wednesdays:

23rd May

6th June

20th June

4th July

18th July

5th September

19th September



Jan holds a collection of her larger works at her Studio. To arrange a private viewing please email Jan or telephone 01854 666279 to arrange a time.

Visit the Open Studio / Location  page for more details. 


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Email :    Tel : 01854 666279,   Postal Address : Jan Kilpatrick, Cul Mor, Elphin, By Lairg, Sutherland, IV274HH.

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