Jane Walkley is a UK based visual artist exploring the interplay between memory, place and attachment. Jane uses traditional tapestry techniques whilst incorporating new material technology in the form of jesmonite.
Jane exhibits at a national level and is a member of PRISM Textiles and the British Tapestry Group. She studied for BA (Hons) Crafts specialising in ceramics and woven textiles at Manchester Metropolitan University (1993) and has an MA in Creative Practice from Leeds Arts University (2019).
Jane’s artistic practice considers how the regeneration of industrial landscapes in the North of England invoke memory and attachment. Jane questions whether site-specific interactions can help to bridge the gap between memory and place in the absence of the workplace activities that took place in these re-purposed buildings. This allows connections to be made with the past keeping memories and the attachment we feel towards these places alive.
Jane takes clay impressions from the sites she documents to create moulds in which to cast jesmonite. Once cured and set these small jesmonite units are woven piece by piece on an upright loom. The finished work takes on a sculptural quality that maintains a physical and visual connection to the site, linking place, memory and materiality.
Jane teaches from her studio at Sunny Bank Mills and delivers workshops and talks on request.