Janet Twinn MSDC

Stitched & Constructed Textiles

About Janet
Janet Twinn originally studied painting but became seduced by textiles. She makes patchwork wallhangings from her own dyed, painted and screen printed cloth in which her love of colour shines through.
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Janet Twinn's recent work has been about landscape, the details that that make up the landscape, the changing seasons and the passage of time. It is a personal landscape grounded in the observed. She begins by making simple line drawings which layer by layer become more complex and intricate. Trees in Winter have fascinated her for as long as she can remember, particularly their linear skeletal structures and the way the branches divide expanding into the sky. The spaces between the branches make interesting shapes that can be interpreted, energised and filled with colour. In starting a new work colour is the first element that Janet thinks about. She is intrigued by its nuances, subtleties and contrasts. The colour she uses can be associated with elements of the landscape: browns and greys of wood and stone, the rusty corrugated iron of disintegrating field shelters and decaying bracken, the gold of lichen, the acid lemon of oil seed rape. There are the earth pigments: yellow and red ochre, burnt umber, raw sienna and then there are the splashes of pure colour found in flowers, colours so vivid they are almost unreal. Above all it is the regenerative power of nature which nurtures and informs her practice.

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BA 2.1 (hons) 1975 St Martins School of Art

MA Textiles (distinction) UCA Farnham 2017

Member of Quilt Art since 1995

Book by Janet Twinn:

Colour in Art Quilts published by Batsford 2011

Selected Exhibitions:

Quilt Art 20: 2005 toured UK, mainland Europe & USA

Quilt Art at 25 & A Slice of Quilt Art toured UK & mainland Europe

Quilt Art Dialogues & Small Talk 2015 toured UK & mainland Europe

European Art Quilts: I, III, IV, V, VI, VII & Grande Fin

European Quilt Triennale 2012 & 2015

SDC Annual Exhibition 2003 & 2015

Quilt Art Material Evidence & Traces 2019 -2023 touring UK and Mainland Europe

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