Janice’s work has been published in the Quilters Newsletter magazine, and has won many awards in fine art exhibitions and textile art shows, including “Best in Show.”
Her quilting roots go back to her great aunt who was a Mill Girl during the early 1900’s at the Bates Textile Mill in Lewiston, ME. Following family tradition, her journey as a quilter began when she was a child.
Janice’s passion has evolved to creating art quilts, and after several years of extensive studies with prominent teachers in this field, she decided to augment her training by becoming a privately tutored art student, and studied the work of the Masters.
She feels that working with textiles allows her to push boundaries and create a story that conveys a sense of tactile warmth and character to her work. Her intention is to draw the viewer in and invite them to touch and feel the energy of her quilts. She endeavors to add texture, depth and movement to her work. She likes to use color to create drama and dimension. She often applies fibers and embellishments or hand painted elements for added interest.
“Japanese water gardens are renowned for their simplicity and beauty, and they are often designed for contemplation and meditation. This piece is from my “Asian” series of work depicting serene water filled landscapes. The crane is a symbol of good fortune and longevity.
Water is a key element, along with rocks and architectural structures, as these elements represent yin and yang (the theory of opposites that complement and complete one another).
This quilt was created using cotton and hand dyed fabrics and various threads. The background is a fractured landscape with dimensional appliqué.”
Geisha Glance II
“This piece is from my “Asian” series of work depicting serene water filled landscapes. Geisha are a symbol of beauty and elegance. Wrapped in colorful Kimono, these women represent feminine power, intrigue and mystery. A Geisha is considered a professional entertainer, a person of the arts.”
“The water and elegant draping of the kimono represent the yin aspect of my landscape, and the rocks and structures are representative of the yang aspect. These opposing elements complement one another. My composition features a fractured background with dimensional appliqué.”