Jane O'Brien MSDC

Stitched & Constructed Textiles

About Jane
Jane’s background is in interior design and soft furnishings having worked as a designer as well as a teacher. More recently her academic studies in the history of art and her exploration of textiles have enabled her to exhibit with various textile and mixed media groups. She has continued her teaching with workshops and she lectures on the history of the damask pattern.
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Jane’s inspiration comes from her interest in textiles and the messages that they convey through their construction, pattern and colour. She uses textiles to create a visual response about social culture and the world around us. Her collages evolve through her use of sketching, printing and stitch combinations. She has explored the history of the damask pattern focusing on its depiction in Renaissance art and more recently on how many of these patterns have travelled along the east/west trade routes.

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City & Guilds Soft Furnishings and Upholstery – Distinction

Certificate in Education

Diploma in the History of Art – Oxford University

Diploma in Stitched Textiles – Distinction – East Berkshire College


Oxford Textile Artists – Chairman

The Society of Designer Craftsmen MSDC

Oxford Embroiderers’ Guild

West Ox Arts Society




Oxford Textile Artists, Woodstock, May

Society of Designer Craftsmen, Chelsea Art School, July

2017 – 2015

HapticArt, Riverhouse Gallery, Walton-on-Thames

Oxfordshire Artweeks

‘Capability Brown’, Embroiderers’ Guild, Blenheim Palace

Society of Designer Craftsmen, The Mall Gallery, London

Threads of Life, West Ox Arts, Bampton, Oxfordshire

Talks and Workshops

Stroud International Festival

Embroiderers’ Guild Branches

West Ox Arts

Phoenix Stitchers

Thames Valley Contemporary Textiles

The Worshipful Company of Barbers & Surgeons, City of London

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