Botanical Works

Jan takes inspiration for her quilts from the natural beauty of her beach side suburb, from architecture, gardens and even art pieces in a gallery. Jan utilises a number of techniques in her quilt making, often incorporating machine embroidery and thread work into her projects.

“I love to play with the wide range of threads that are now available. I used to dye my own fabrics but now I prefer to use that time creating quilts, Jan explains.

More than a hundred quilts and many awards later, Jan's quilts are nearly all her own designs. She uses a lot of colour and many fabrics within a project. In fact, the more the better, Jan says.

Describing her style as contemporary, Jan admits to still loving the traditional designs. I love strong colours and this is manifested in many of my quilts. Recently, I challenged myself to make a few pieces using more neutral colours. Nature is my main inspiration for colour. In nature almost anything goes and I try to apply this approach to my use of colour in quilts.

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