Jan graduated with a BA(Hons) in Textiles / Fashion specialising in Embroidery from Loughborough College of Art and went on to study for an MA in Textiles from Bath Spa University.
She creates amazing items of wearable art ranging from jewellery to bridal wear, all adorned with her distinctive signature style of rich hand-worked embroidery, inspired by nature and the changing seasons, incorporating delicate floral designs in appliqué, ribbon embroidery and beadwork, especially Swarovski crystals. Jan often incorporates vintage fabrics, off-cuts and antique lace as well as pieces of vintage costume jewellery into her designs for her label “something old…something new” which means it is also ethical.
Jan devotes the utmost care and attention to detail to all her creations, making each piece a unique, one-off work of art that will be treasured for years to come. They appeal to fashion aficionados and collectors of fine craftwork and indeed anyone looking for something distinctive to make them stand out from the crowd. Jan’s creative flair, imagination and fine craftsmanship lend everything she does an air of fantasy and romance, making her creations perfect for vintage, fantasy, themed or boho weddings.
Jan often works to commission from her studio and a commissioned bespoke piece is a fusion of art, design, craft and high fashion and a unique heirloom creation for future generations to enjoy. To make it even more personal, Jan can incorporate some of your fabric remnants or a piece of jewellery from your own or a loved one’s collection. It could be a very special neckpiece or wristband for the bride to cover the tradition of having “something old…something new”.
Jan’s talent for contemporary embroidery has been recognised by various institutions. In 2001 she won the embroidery category in the British Bridal Awards with one of her wedding dresses. She has also come second twice in the prestigious international Hand and Lock Prize for Embroidery as well as being awarded the Swarovski Prize.
Jan’s exclusive embroidered textiles can also be commissioned for the home as she spent many years creating bespoke textile commissions including panels and wall-hangings often incorporating poetry. Her fabric jewellery and other pieces are in themselves works of art which can be displayed in frames. Jan also works freelance creating unique embroidery for other fashion designers for their couture collections and is always open to suggestions for collaboration.