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Janis Waldron

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Artwork for Janis Waldron

Sparse mohair miniature bear

Sparse mohair miniature bear

Dense mohair miniature bear

Long pile plush miniature hare

Knotted fluorite bead necklace

Peacock freshwater pearl necklace

Silver and gold leaves on chain bracelet

Large link chain bracelet

Details

Telephone: 
+44770 2579777
How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I am passionate about crafts, the power of the handmade and have a love of detail coupled with a butterfly mind. This is amply demonstrated in the items I produce: finely etched designs on copper, unusual silver chain work and hand-knotted semi-precious bead and pearl necklaces with handmade clasps. Alongside these I produce miniature teddy bears, in mohair or plush, with hand crafted accessories.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

The fulfillment of my creative drive and process: looking at an object, texture or creature and translating it into something other, and the camaraderie of being with like-minded people.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Designer/maker of jewellery, small ware, and miniature teddy bears .

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others and to that end give talks and run courses in bead and pearl threading and knotting and making miniature teddy bears. I have successfully run courses and workshops for individuals, as well as various adult groups including the WI and the Jewellery and Allied Industries Training Council.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

I began making jewellery over forty years ago and have studied at Nottingham School of Art, Malvern Hills College and finally Hereford College of Arts where I gained City and Guilds and Open College Network qualifications in silversmithing. I also attended the Birmingham School of Jewellery where I gained a passion for pearls and trained to advanced level in pearl threading and knotting.
I am a keen, self taught needle woman (sewing, knitting and crochet) and have used these kills to make and accessorise my miniature bears.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

Blue-Ginger Gallery, h. Art, Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen, Crafted for You (Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum).

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Blue-Ginger Gallery, Worcester Cathedral, Etsy Shop

Venues Description: 
Colwall Collective
Venues Confirmed: 
Yes

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