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Sandra Singh welcomes Jane Thornley of
Jane Thornley Knitwear & Jewelry Designs. Jane is a knitwear
designer who has been published in
and exhibited her work at Kiana Malekzadeh's New York gallery.
"Born and raised in
Halifax, Nova Scotia, I began my knitting life at twenty-one years
old with my first project – a trunk warmer for an elephant.
Supposedly a sweater sleeve by intent, the fact that my hands had
created this miraculous piece of slubbed, apricot-coloured, textile
overrode niggles of disappointment. My passion for yarn had begun.
I took extension courses
through the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design but, with the help
of my mother and so many wonderful books and magazines, taught
myself most of the beading, embroidery, sewing, painting and drawing
techniques that have since embellished the otherwise plain surfaces
of my life. Give me detail to austerity any day. Something to catch
the eye, draw the attention deeper into the subject, is my preferred
aesthetic. My early multi-coloured sweaters (pictured on this site
in my first exhibition at the Mary Black Gallery) contained as many
as 50 different colours of yarn. For me, colour and texture rule and
most of the inspiration feeding my imagination comes from the
natural world. I see knitting as art, as viable as any other, and no
matter what the tool or preferred palette, in human hands, magic
Creating jewelry is a
relatively new passion, though a natural extension of my love for
colour and texture. My bead drawers brim with semi-precious stones,
pearls and metals from all over the world which lure me to compose
talismans of adornment for otherwise bare necks and wrists. Wherever
I travel, I find inspiration and more beads to weave into something
to celebrate the rich global trove in which we live.
Besides jewelry creation
and knitting, the latter of which has sustained me on the parameters
of many demanding executive careers in public education, I also
write women’s fiction. I am currently also working on a book for
knitter’s tentatively entitled ‘Adventure Knitting’ which takes the
knitter on a ride through the textural landscape of novelty yarns."
We look forward to
growing our line of Jane Thornley's knitwear and especially
to seeing what she inspires you to create with your needles!
Jane Thornley Designs
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