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Janet began her quilting career in 1988. She had trained as an art teacher at Bedford College of Higher Education, but found that jobs were hard to come by, and finished her teaching career on the supply list. She found patchwork and quilting to be far more rewarding, and was somewhat astonished when she won the championship at the first national quilt show that she entered. This set her on a path that led to further championships and international recognition of her work.
Quilt teaching gave many opportunities for travel, and study tours of Morocco and Tunisia provided much inspiration. Her works have travelled further than she has, now residing in public and private collections from here to Australia. She has held several solo and joint exhibitions, and is currently the chairman of the Eastern Region Textile Forum. She is a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
Janet experimented with fabrics and designed her own work from the early days onward. She works from sketches and photos, sometimes printing them on fabric before adding stitching. She dyes and paints a lot of her fabrics and runs classes on dyeing at her home. She makes silk paper from raw silk fibres and combines this with other textiles to produce works that express her feelings about the natural world around her.
On a personal note, she has a husband, 6 assorted children and step-children, 8 grandchildren, one step great grandchild (a step too far in her opinion. She doesn’t feel ancient enough to be a step great grandmother) and a dog. And a wacky sense of humour.