About Joanne Shewan Textiles

I am a Textile Designer Maker who creates funky constructed textiles; wearable art and accessories from natural materials. I like to work in natural materials and with traditional techniques such as knitting and weaving. I love natural forms, colours and textures. Working from landscapes or through study of nature's patterns, I make drawings and paintings and then manipulate these designs in order to develop textiles patterns. I hand dye my knitting with natural pigments and use Shibori, felting and hand embroidery to create my own contemporary constructed textiles from which I make unique accessories.

Mushrooms for Tea?

Had a lovely two days with Jan and Susan making Collograph Prints. It really suits my textiley style. These were based on my Fungi drawings.

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Can I Borrow Your Boro?

Fabulous Japanese Boro on show at Somerset House. Very rare opportunity to see so many of these unique textiles in one place.

Boro is a traditional method of patching used by poor people who increased the longevity of bed covers etc by repairing them with small patches of cotton. Dealers collected such scraps from shipped deliveries and sold them on to those who needed them. The limited colour range is due to the restriction of hues people were allowed to wear. Only the rich and the high ranking we entitled to brighter coloured clothing.

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We’ve Got the Blues

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Lovely results from my Dyeing Day with Jenny and June, thank you very much Jenny.

Indigo And Woad Dyeing Workshop

Indigo And Woad Dyeing Workshop

Indigo And Woad Dyeing Workshop

Indigo And Woad Dyeing Workshop

Indigo And Woad Dyeing Workshop

Indigo And Woad Dyeing Workshop

Indigo And Woad Dyeing Workshop

Indigo And Woad Dyeing Workshop

Indigo And Woad Dyeing Workshop

Indigo And Woad Dyeing Workshop

Indigo And Woad Dyeing Workshop

Indigo And Woad Dyeing Workshop

Indigo And Woad Dyeing Workshop

Coffee and Art – Perfect!

My work can now be viewed whilst you enjoy a lovely coffee and cake at the Pensieri Cafe, Ram’s Yard, Bedford.

Afterwards why not pop along to the newly refurbished Higgins Gallery, which is almost next door?

What better way to spend a relaxing afternoon?

Pensieri Cafe, Bedford

Pensieri Cafe, Bedford

Pensieri 2

Pensieri Cafe, Bedford

Pensieri 3

Pensieri Cafe, Bedford

Priory Tearooms, Dunstable

Dunstable Town Council has launched a new project to promote local makers – Showcase Shelving – in the Tourist Information Shop at Priory House, Dunstable.

During March you can see (and buy from) shelves by Joanne Bowes and Jan Drury featuring original art; prints and cards of original art; accessories; jewellery and sketch books.

Plus you can enjoy delicious tea or coffee and homemade cakes and snacks whilst you are there (and admire the recently restored undercroft in the TeaRoom).

Joanne's Shelf

Joanne’s Shelf

Jan's Shelf

Jan’s Shelf

Dunstable Revisited

Whoo hoo – the first in my new series uncovering South Bedfordshire’s hidden and taken for granted delights.

This will be available as cards and limited edition prints during March in the Priory house Shop, Dunstable.

Dunstable Downs

Dunstable Downs

Dunstable Priory Church

Dunstable Priory Church

South Bedfordshire Revisited

Looking back at my previous work has finally inspired me to focus on more of my local views. Here is just a small taster – currently I am creating an new version of Dunstable Priory Church:

From Dunstable Downs

From Dunstable Downs

Dunstable Priory Church

Dunstable Priory Church

Swiss Garden - Tapestry Weaving

Swiss Garden – Tapestry Weaving