Textile treasures from Hunter mixed media artist
Jana Pearceova grew up in Central European Slovakia and learned from her grandmothers not only crucial, practical skills about textiles and fibre constructions, but also but how textiles can bring together people and create an unrivalled sense of belonging.
Now a mixed media textile artist and maker living in the Hunter Valley, Jana handcrafts her eco-conscious pieces from natural materials that celebrate the unique characteristics of the Australian landscape. Her lifestyle collections of wearable and decorative textiles are now available on buyHUNTER.com.au
Combining a number of traditional textile techniques and fibre construction methods paired with unique surface application, she has spent years crafting a range of eco-conscious pieces from natural materials that celebrate the unique characteristics of the Australian landscape.
Much of Jana’s work evolves from experiments using various processes of lifting and tracing intricate marks from surfaces of found rusty objects or extracting colour pigments from plants onto paper, fibres and textiles.
She is committed to sustainable production practices. Her passion for creating with natural colours also means embracing the values centred around responsible use of natural resources and materials. The raw fibres are completely processed in house including washing, carding, spinning, then weaving, or knitting or felting – it is all done by hand.
Textiles and fibres are dyed and printed in small batches, using predominantly local plant and vegetable material, grown in her garden, collected on walks or sourced via domestic Australian suppliers.