Jayne Butler MFA
Web site at: www.jaynebutler.co.uk
Member of Midlands Textile Forum and South West Textile Forum
I have had an interest in drawing, colour and stitch from earliest memory. My maternal Grandmother and my mother were award wining embroiderers, mother also a spinner and weaver. My Grandfathers on both sides and my father were interested in stitch, each using stitch as a chosen medium to help overcome stress whist incarcerated as POWs during wartime. So no wonder then that fabric, paint, stitch and line became my creative first love!
Studying fashion and textiles in London during those famous fun 60s and working as a designer and lecturer for many years offered me a wide experience that I can now draw upon.
I use my painting, drawing and printmaking experiences along with my Chinese brush painting skills to enrich my textile explorations. I love the accidents that occur when ‘painting’ on silk and often use both hand and machine threads to emphasise line qualities.
I feel deeply passionate about the destruction of Earths’ resources and am keen to eliminate plastics where possible, both difficult to achieve in this age of excessive waste and non-renewable energy consumption. That said I am fascinated by modern textile led technology, the use of electronics and bio-culture in textiles is fantastic and certainly one of the potential modes for future of textiles. Light and heat responsive technology already a not uncommon feature in our fabrics!
Wherever possible I reclaim and reuse, and read and explore the philosophy behind a subject when beginning a new field of work. Our new upcoming exhibition ‘No Shrinking Violets Here’ looks at the issues surrounding Suffragette movement, which began as early as the 1700s!
Education and Exhibitions.
Master Fine Art; 2007 – Bath Spa History of Film and television; 1994 – OU Master course with Xiao Bai Li in Chinese brush painting; Plymouth – 1994 Cert Ed; 1984 – Portsmouth College Art & design Fashion and textiles degree course; 1969 – Ravensbourne, London
EXHIBITIONS 2017 – Bishops Castle Town Hall. with Midlands Textile Forum. ‘Lie of the Land’ August/September 2017 – NEC International Quilt Show, invited and selected exhibition. ‘Layers’. August 2017 – NEC Invited and selected exhibition, Strip Show. March 2017 – “Earth’s Riches”. Artrix Gallery, Bromsgrove. January 2016 – Westonbirt Arboretum, Roots, Shoots & Leaves. October 2016 – “Earths’ Riches” Fusion Gallery , Jackfield, Ironbridge. April 2016 – Guild Galleries, Bristol. Travellers Tales; May 2015 – “Imprints” at the Museum of Somerset, Taunton South West Textile group selected exhibition: Pathways: The Meeting House gallery, Ilminster. October 2014 South West Textile Group selected exhibition: Footsteps: NEC, Birmingham: March 2015 Selected Exhibition: A Pause in the Noise: Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol: December 2013 to January 2014 South West Textile Group selected exhibition, ‘Suspension and Talisman’ Town Gallery, Lyme Regis. October 2013 South West Textile Group selected exhibition, ‘Suspension’ Guild Galleries, Bristol, May 2013 Bound by Stitch group exhibition, Zeal; WYVAT week; 2013 South West Textile Group selected exhibition ‘ ‘Elemental Rainbow’ at Totnes Guild Gallery 2013 South West Textile Group selected exhibition ‘ ‘Elemental Rainbow’ at Westpoint; June 2012 South West Textile Group selected exhibition ‘ ‘Elemental Rainbow’ at NEC; March 2012 Selected exhibition RWA, Bristol: Annual Open exhibition, March 2012 Bound by Stitch group exhibition, Malmesbury; 2012 Bound by Stitch group exhibition, Shaftesbury; 2012 Group exposition, Textile Forum South West, ‘Mapping the Future, where are you now?’ curated by Sue Prichard of the V & A; Brewhouse Arts, Taunton 2012 Book available on enquiry