Janet Gilbert Artist

cloth, print, stitch, paper, layer

Artist Statement

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Working with cloth is important to me: the texture and feel of the cloth and the process of making and stitching the same, or similar, marks repeatedly, builds repetition and brings a rhythm and depth to the process and the work. 

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My Studio

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I am extremely fortunate to have a large, double height studio at the back of my house with a small dyeing room attached, and even more fortunate that I have double doors that open into the garden, though not so good when I start spotting all the weeding that needs doing!  Do come and see - I open my studio once a year in May as part of Open Studios Notts, there are refreshments and home made cakes too.

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Exhibitions & Events

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I open my studio once a year in May as part of Open Studio Notts and usually participate in group exhibitions several times each year.  I have given textile printing demonstrations at both the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham and at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate.  I am available for talks, workshops and commissions. Please use the contact page for any enquiries.

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My Work

Along Similar Lines

The vertical lines of the All Lined Up Series have now become columns – abstract images reminiscent of old ledgers, stacks of crates or geological formations.  There are even some circles in there.  Saturated colours dominate, influenced by my many visits to India. The dye, the paint and the stitch form repetitive patterns and rhythms.

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Further Work

All Lined Up

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Investigating the negative space as well as the positive, All Lined Up explores and exploits the simple line, whether they be narrow or wide, straight or wavy, black or white.Please click on any of the images above to see details of the work, and to see further images as well.

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The X Series

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Developed from a drawing course with Bobby Britnell from the Textile Study Group, and some spray painted XXXs on a couple of drain covers outside the venue, this work shows a limited colour palette combining the X with my love of lines. Please click on any of the images above to see details of the work, and to see further images as well.

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Circles

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Starting from a simple circle, this series is an experiment in colour combinations with many layers of printing with dyes and discharge - and of course, a bit of stitching too. Please click on any of the images above to see details of the work, and to see further images as well.

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