How Tessa’s “golden cage” has brought extra vibrancy to her art As someone living with MS, fine art textile artist Tessa Jane knew that the pandemic would affect her more than most. But what she hadn’t anticipated was the profound and positive changes the enforced isolation would bring to her life – and to her […]
Firstly, a massive thank you for accepting my art to the RWA’s 167th Annual Open Exhibition. I join a hugely impressive line-up of artists who have been a part of this show since the inaugural exhibition in 1844, from the Newlyn School, St Ives Modernists and Bloomsbury Group to some of the most internationally respected […]
What an amazing time we had in London! Drawn to the Valley’s inaugural show in London with The Royal Opera Arcade Gallery. After 12months of planning, the show was opened by Shaun Dooley, renowned actor and the private view was packed. I stayed all week enabling me to go to exhibitions and soak up the […]
These are the pieces (with details) created from my fear of being unable to travel and see the places I so wished to experience. The jacket is our armour, (detail top right) what we hide behind. Little Venice is the chair. I’m so fortunate that my mother took me for my 5oth birthday present. She […]
Should we shudder at Friday 13th? Well 2017’s will never be forgotten. Curator-in-chief Melanie was escorting the ‘Lorenzo il Magnifico’ Lifetime Achievement Award (for having entwined creativity and sustainability as principles inspiring their work) Winner El Anatsui around the exhibition. There were 460 artists exhibiting and she brought him over to me! I have loved […]
I navigated all the hurdles and worries and started to look forward to the event. As more information was released I knew it was going to be a real opportunity of a lifetime. Quite apart from coming back with a nasty cold, it really has taken me a while to come back down to earth. […]
It is not enough for me to just produce beautiful work; it has to mean something and to have a concept. Quoting Melanie Zefferino, Curator-in-chief, “cultural diversity and biodiversity do not exist in separate and parallel realms, but are part of a kind of co-evolutionary process that needs to be preserved and nurtured.” As my […]
Imagine my emotions when on 16thFebruary I received an email which said “ Dear Artist Tessa Jane, You have been invited by our International Selection Committee to participate in the XIth Florence Biennale, which will take place in Florence, at the Fortezza da Basso, from 6 to 15 October 2017. So the work began and so did the roller coaster ride. I […]
This time next week I will be in Florence and the XIth Florence Biennale will be opening its doors! The following is taken from their Facebook page. Follow the link for the website. eARTh – Creativity & Sustainability 6 – 15 October, 2017 | Fortezza da Basso, Florence The Florence Biennale is the major contemporary […]
Windows, architecture, museum displays, window displays, fashion, reflections, glistening gold, inky warm blues, brilliant turquoises, deep rich reds, russets and browns. A rich tapestry of history waiting to tell its story and share its drama and excitement visually and metaphorically.
Graffiti on a Florence wall. It was near the Pitti Palace. I looked for it this summer it had been removed. I was glad for the buildings and preservation of the city but it had stayed in my heart. As has the work of Yinka Shonibare https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/artist/yinka-shonibare-ra which I have had the privilege of seeing at […]
It’s so hard to determine, was it a flash of an idea based on a children’s story? The story of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” (Danish: Kejserens nye Klæder) is a short tale written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, about two weavers who promise an emperor a new suit of clothes that they say is invisible to those who […]
Perhaps the most exciting event I have taken part in since The Oxford International Art Fair. Landmark Arts, Teddington, London is such a beautiful piece of architecture in itself and my work looked stunning sat at the alter. The church was filled with the most beautiful mix of colour texture and design. The visitors were […]
Venice has become a constant companion in my mind. It stays with me and whispers in my ear everyday. The light, the colours and sounds of this precious place feed my imagination daily.
My prize for winning at Oxford International Art Fair is to exhibit in Tokyo. Sadly I am unable to attend in person and so there is a digital display. The city of Tokyo will be playing host to hundreds of talented artists from all around the world when it stages the second Tokyo International Art Fair byGlobal Art Agency (The […]
Working with others inspires and enlightens. Sometimes it’s learning new skills, seeing a process through fresh eyes, bouncing ideas off one another or just enjoying having some company! It was also a compliment to be asked by Bruce to design a new show for him at Mount Edgcumbe, Cornwall where he exhibited with Miss Ivy’s […]
Bruce Jack Upholstery http://www.bruce-jack.co.uk “Nothing too grand and nothing too humble – we can work on all sorts of furniture from granny’s foot stool to antique sofas, all with the same level of expertise and care. We are known for the quality of the materials we use and we always try, where possible, to use […]
I have followed and admired artist Laure Bury for many years. Firstly falling in love with her use of colour, freshness and joyous imagery. http://laurebury.com It was a delight to swop skills. Laure needed new covers and a freshen up for her favorite chairs and I have some bright fresh landscapes to cheer me everyday!
I have always hoarded and saved things, which might be useful. I love ancient buildings and magical places. Where ever I go I seek out texture, detail and hidden beauty. I absorb colour, texture, and ideas and at some point it will spark a new train of thought and a new body of work. This […]
So why do I find it so hard to write my blogs… when I love words? I have lovely images and stories to share. Facebook is easy, do pop across and see my FB page https://www.facebook.com/TessaJaneFineArtTextiles/ I think its because at the moment I feel like I’m talking to myself. It’s important to reflect but […]
“That has such people in it” (Shakespeare) Braving to play with my web site because so much has changed in my practice. I have moved forward and am wishing for these changes to reflect in my website. I am terrified as I hit buttons, update and edit but today I have a lovely family expert encouraging […]
Please bare with me whilst I try to sort out who, what and why my website has been compromised! Its #NationalPoetryDay and all I can think of is a very sarcastic “Oh brave new world that has such people in it”, Shakespeare, The Tempest.
Moving Textiles: Digital Encounters 13 Jun – 24 Jul 2014 University for the Creative Arts New Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, Ct1 3AN The Crysalis exhibition series is hosted by Crysalis partners made up of four exhibitions, one at each partner site from September 2013 to October 2014. The four exhibitions entitled Moving Textiles have different […]
Every month I promise myself I will work on my blog and catch up. Every month there seems to be something more important or with an immediate deadline. But actually what is more important than recording what I’ve done and where am I now? In fact that is what I’m working on now. I have […]
Chelsea Old Town Hall, 4 days in London, family, friends and food! It wasn’t just about the show, it was everything. I felt on top of the world and will never be afraid to try anything. Seeing my work on The Parrallax Facebook page to talking, sharing thoughts and ideas with Cypriot to Russian Artists, […]
Part of my preparations for PAF9 was to visit The London Art Fair. I left early on the train and met my mother. I never quite get over the excitement of going to London. The streets are not paved with gold as I thought as a child and I find it dirty and dusty but […]
I knew I would be nervous but I can’t quite explain how I feel. I think todays messy play was me externalising it all. Delighted to see y chair on the Parallax Face Book page and social media is going well. Big questions, have I got the right work? Will I remember everything as I […]
A little taste of what is to come. My face book page https://www.facebook.com/TessaJaneFineArtTextiles tells the story and I am spending a lot of time rebuilding this site and adding art work for sale. It takes as much time marketing as creating and I really wish I could clone myself to get all the jobs done […]
Goodness such a lot to do! This is so out of date having curated another exhibition at my favourite place The Garden House, completed open studios, curated Drawn to the Valley’s Past Present and Future at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, The Big Draw and now preparing for Parallax Art Fair, London! I have been […]