Spruce Pine, North Carolina
Janet has been working as a fiber artist for over 50 years. For her current work she uses the process of Vat Dye Discharge, utilizing the layering of information, transparency and space defined by use of color.
She dyes and oftentimes hand paints her textile creations, including beautiful silk scarves that can be seen in the gallery of Carolina Fine Art.
Janet obtained her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art (textile design and weaving) and her MFA from Syracuse University School of Art. She is a longtime instructor with various institutions, including Arizona State University and Penland School of Crafts, among others.
She initially trained and worked as a designer, weaver and colorist alongside Jack Lenor Larsen, a world- renowned textile designer with his permanent collections in the Museum of Modern Art and the Louvre. Janet worked for Jack Lenor Larsen Design Studio in New York City in the 60s after graduating with her MFA.
After 20 years of research and development, she still finds this technique is the best way of expressing her vision of textiles. Living in the mountains, so close to nature, provides constant inspiration which she translates into her one-of-a-kind textiles.