This year my work is being shown online only. The unusual year we have experienced has enabled me to spend some time re-vamping my painting studio which means I have created less in the way of watercolours. My influences have come from both at home and local - the alpacas live here with me on my farm and kindly posed in the Autumn sunshine, whilst the Old Oak has been worked from photographs and sketches done previously and is a 1200 year old beautiful tree in the Blenheim woodland. Other photos and sketchbooks have been a great source of material for instance whale watching trips for the little book 'A Pod of Whales'. If you'd like to see more images of the books please get in contact with me and I can email them to you.
Felting is an artform I came to several years ago. Like most needle felters I started by creating one or two small fluffy creatures, after which the craft took a hold on me. I now produce life size and life like woolly sculptures such as the Brown Hare and the fox which can be seen here, both are over half a metre in height. Foxes have become a bit of an obsession - this is the third life size one I've made each in a different pose and I've also done foxy watercolour paintings and a little individual artist's book which includes a poem (also written by myself) about a cheeky fox who stays for afternoon tea. I also still make small fluffy creatures too.....
The turquoise and copper felt abstract was something different for me as there's an element of both textiles and mixed media in there. I found the little vintage printers type tray which I'd bought ages ago tucked away in a cupboard. I'd always planned it to be used for a felted piece but hadn't decided quite where to go with it. The needle felted blocks were tricky to get the sizes accurate and I then covered them in a piece of hand dyed turquoise and rust Merino wool pre-felt. The embellishments range from pure copper thin sheet metal and copper leaf to nuggets of melted copper and non metallic beads, goldwork embroidery threads and copper coloured purl and knitted wires. It's a vibrant piece and can be freestanding on you could hang it on a wall.
If you'd like to know more about any of the work, or are contemplating a purchase and would like to arrange a private time to view a piece, do please contact me initially via the contacts page on my website https://www.oxfordshireartandfelting.co.uk. I am also happy to accept commissions.
Assuming we are able to, I will be exhibiting in my studio before Christmas and also will be at Hook Norton Christmas Craft Fair and Woodstock Christmas Craft Fair. More of my felting can be seen on the Oxfordshire Craft Guild website and I am also taking part in the CNArts/ Chipping Norton Theatre Artweeks trail which can be followed around the town.
I hope to re-start Workshops at the farm in Swerford late in June or early July and will include needle and wet felting, illuminated calligraphy and painting sessions. The farm has beautiful buildings, artifacts, animals and woodland spread over nearly 12 acres so there will be plenty of subject matter to keep artists occupied. All information will be on my website in the coming weeks.
Jane Abbott works in both Watercolour painting and in textiles - predominantly felt. She has painted since being at school and paid for her first trip to the States in her early 20's (far too many years ago!) by selling a series of children's illustrations and a series of British butterfly watercolour miniatures. Butterflies and many aspects of the natural world have continued to be a theme for her paintings through her life.
She produces both wet felting and needle felting, though favouring the latter. Her main works are woolly sculptures of life size lifelike animals - in particular British wildlife. She uses a lot of British wool and fibre (including that from her own alpaca herd) though also works with wool, silk and plant fibres from all over the world. Whenever on holiday abroad, time is spent trawling wool and craft shops to find lovely local sheep fleeces suitable for felting!
Finally, she also creates illuminated lettering and both traditional and contemporary calligraphy, some of which is available for sale though much is created as commissions.
Jane's background is in art, design and high volume print buying - with some fairly complex cake decorating and chocolate making too! She took early retirement from the city rat-race and now enjoys painting and felting, running workshops in both at her farm in Oxfordshire.
She is a member of both CNArts and Oxfordshire Craft Guild.