"I’m an artist who looks at landscapes in a different way. I make maps. Tactile, textile maps."
"Like all maps, Jane’s are interpretative accounts of a landscape, not mere objective representations of it. I find her work deeply evocative and suggestive. While her pieces often reference places I know well from experiencing them on foot, her cross sections or aerial perspectives, as well as her tactile medium, prompt me to look at them very differently. Through her work, Jane consistently responds to Scotland’s geology and topography in a uniquely thoughtful way."Kate Davies
Art of place
I believe that you can feel a deeper connection to a place with an understanding of why it looks the way it does. I blend science and data with threads and cloth to form an aerial overview of physical and human geography.
I hope to encourage people to look at art and landscapes from a different perspective.
Do you too feel a sense of satisfaction when you are able to pinpoint a location or feature on a map? How could you possibly know that from looking at a two dimensional jumble of abstract shapes and contour lines?!
One of my favourite things is knowing that my daughters can now identify Suilven (a mountain in the North West Highlands) from it’s distinctive shape on one of my geological maps!
Find out how to commission me to make an original piece of artwork just for you.
Not your typical landscape art
Where my work differs from traditional landscape art is that it allows you to see around corners, beyond mountains or beneath the soil.
...The results are impressive; these are colourful, gentle and unique works of art.
A brief history
The first textile map I ever created was the Outer Hebrides, made using Harris Tweed (read more about why I use Harris Tweed almost exclusively here).
The piece was picked up by a collector in Glasgow in 2013.
Two months later, while having a coffee in Aberfeldy, a chance meeting with a gallery owner lead to my first solo exhibition. This was a career defining moment, until then I struggled with calling myself an artist. Read the full story here or browse prints of my early work here.
Since then I've gone on to open my own studio, demonstrated my practice at The Scottish Parliament, a second successful solo show in Aberfeldy, had work selected to be part of a joint show at the Barony Centre, exhibited at North West Highlands GeoPark and worked to many commissions from private clients both nationally and internationally.
Early in 2017 I will be showing in a joint exhibition at Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine with friend and fellow hill walker, artist Julie Arbuckle.
2013 - Watermill Gallery, Aberfeldy, Perthshire - "The Cloth, The Land, The Earth" Solo show
2015 - Watermill Gallery, Aberfeldy, Perthshire - "The Cloth, The Land, The Earth II" Solo show
2015 - Barony Centre, West Kilbride, Ayrshire - Juried
2016 - The Rock Stop, NW Highlands GeoPark, Kylesku, Assynt - Solo show
2017 - Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine, Ayrshire - Joint exhibition - Breaking Ground
Art & Politics
More recently, I have taken my work in different directions. We are living in a time of enhanced political engagement.
Often I find it difficult to verbalise my feelings or put forth a written argument for causes I am particularly passionate about.
Perhaps you feel the same?
Take a look at how I'm using data, maps, cloth and thread to create more expressive artwork.
Haud Oan, 24th June 2016
My response to the UK's decision to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum.
Brexit (what a horrible word!)
This piece caused a bit of a stooshie in the offices of The National (The newspaper that supports an independent Scotland) Find out why.