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Janet Browne

Janet constructs familiar journeys in hand dyed calico and wadding and each of these maps then generate related pieces. Sometimes it is particular buildings, towns or fragments of the landscape but also the birds and plants observed whilst travelling through the environment.

Symbols, folk art and naive painters influence her approach and she often plays with scale and perspective.
She records only the features which are important to her, scale indicating significance. Some pieces are a snapshot of a place, town or garden, others record much longer journeys. She enjoys the pattern created in man made environments such as gardens and allotments and likes the longer journeys to take a shape which reflect the geography of the place, undulating across hills and dales. There is a story telling element to the maps which is reinforced with the addition of text.

She works largely from memory and rapid sketches, recording images and colours while they are clear in her mind. The design process for each piece is lengthy, the image being constantly refined and adjusted. Each fabric piece starts with a painting which is used to guide the dye colours which are mixed and used to construct the final work. A reverse applique technique is used in construction.
Calico, quilters wadding, cotton, silk and stitch are used in construction, the dye colours reflecting seasonal change. She uses hand and machine embroidery enjoying creating the texture and pattern often using stitch patterns which have echos of those used in ordnance survey maps. She has recently been experimenting with three dimensional birds and objects.

craft&design Selected Gold Award Winner 2013
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