Jan Frazer

Textile Artist

I have worked with textiles over a number of decades, experimenting with different materials and techniques. My textile pieces now incorporate mainly linen and cotton fabrics with piecing, applique and stitching as the preferred techniques. The use of colour is a very important aspect of my work. My most recent work uses Reece Scannell’s screen-printed photographic textiles. These have lead me to use more thread painting and embroidery techniques.ˀ

Using the photographic textiles presents new challenges. Previously, a design for a textile piece would evolve from an idea or be inspired from something I had seen. However, with the screen prints, an image is presented which requires careful analysis:

What is the textile imagery saying to me?
What is the story behind the piece?
What are the main design elements (line, shapes etc) in the piece?
Should the piece be left whole or segmented?
What techniques will best portray the story to be told?

The final design will depend on answers to all of these questions. I have exhibited my work over the years in Australia, USA, UK and Canada, winning a number of awards in Australia and USA.

A COLLABORATION OF TEXTILE ART & PHOTOGRAPHY

On Reflection

This conversion is internalized and reflected. The audience is detached and distant.

Linen and cotton fabrics. Legacy cotton batting. King Tut quilting threads.
Linen and cotton fabrics. Superior Fantastico and Magnifico threads.

Madeira Rayon Threads. Legacy cotton batting. Machine pieced. Free motion machine quilted.

Artwork: On Reflection
Cording Size: 170cm (w) by 101cm (l) - Year Completed: 2017

Artwork: Enlightenment
Cording Size: 153cm (w) by 158cm (l) - Year Completed 2016

Enlightenment

A lady with intent. But what intent – One of guidance or dominance?

King Tut quilting threads.

Linen and cotton fabrics. Legacy cotton batting. Machine pieced, Free motion machine quilted.


Dominatrix ?

Intrigued by the surprising treatment of these classical sculptures, I tried to resolve the ambiguity caused by the juxtaposition of these figures.

The screen-printed linen was machine stitched with Superior trilobal polyester threads and Madeira rayon threads. Legacy cotton batting.

Artwork: Dominatrix ?
Cording Size: 78cm (w) by 72cm (l) - Year Completed: 2016

Artwork: The Herding Cats
Cording Size: 143cm (w) by 118cm (l) - Year Complete 2016

The Herding Cats

Though this fabric has an overtly feline focus, it is the cats’ eyes that are the real story!

What had they seen,or not seen, over the centuries ?

To capitalise on the mystic aura emanating from the eyes, they are hand embroidered with metallic threads.

The screen printed linen was machine stitched with Superior trilobal polyester threads and Madeira rayon threads.

King Tut quilting thread was used for the machine quilting, with Hobbs cotton batting.

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