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Janis Waldron

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Artwork for Janis Waldron

Large round silver link necklace

Francis,14cm mohair

Brumas,8cms at the hip with leather collar

Blue peacock Biwa pearl necklace

Handknotted malachite bead necklace


How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I am a designer and maker of jewellery and miniature teddy bears.
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 make miniature teddy bears, rabbits and mice in mohair or plush, all with hand crafted accessories.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

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

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Janis Presbury Designs

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

I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others and to that end enjoy running 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. Whilst working at a local school I successfully ran out of school courses in enamelling on copper, and making bead jewellery, using basic hand tools and observing safe working practices.

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. For many years I worked at a local school, as a technician in resistant materials: acrylics, clay, wood and metal.
I am a keen, self taught needle-woman (sewing, knitting and crochet) and have used these skills to make and accessorise my miniature bears

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

h. Art
Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen
Independent Bear Artists on-line show

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Worcester Cathedral
Etsy Shop
Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen

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