Textile Artist Janine Jacques has a love of nature and beautiful landscapes which began at a young age. Having grown up on a Lincolnshire farm, her bedroom had an amazing view over the rolling fields, which is where her love for landscapes began. She kept many animals including a small flock of four sheep, which she sometimes includes in her artwork. Now her main medium of choice is wool.
In 2009 Janine and her friend created a website all about tea and cake and became obsessed with all things related. One day browsing a local craft shop Janine saw a felt tea cosy and decided to learn how to make one. She made her first felt tea cosy in 2015 and has been hooked on wet felting since. This led into creating felt landscape paintings and to follow her passion in art as an artist.
Janine’s work combines her training in painting with the ancient art of felt-making to celebrate and bring together the different skills of wet felting, needle felting and sewing. She uses wool to ‘paint’ with, needle felting to refine the detail and embellishes with hand embroidery.
Janine’s statement pieces are created using many different materials. Her artwork is inspired by photographs of the landscapes she has visited throughout her life and recorded for future inspiration. Each piece is unique, evoking memories of a past time and place.
Janine graduated from university in 1996 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, gained a PGCE in Secondary Art Education and worked for many years in web design before returning to the studio to follow her passion and inspire others through a programme of felt making workshops.
She now lives and works in Yorkshire – within easy reach of the beautiful countryside.