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Artisans Center of Virginia

 Jan Russell Fiber Arts and Jewelry

Weaving is the primary language I use to experiment with color and texture.

Artisans Center of Virginia Juried Artisan

Weaving is the primary language I use to experiment with color and texture. Yarn is my ‘canvas and paint’ and while I love working with various fibers, I especially love rayon chenille, because it comes in an amazing array of gorgeous colors and feels wonderful to the touch.

In my wallpieces I often explore spiritual themes. Most of these pieces are abstract compositions of curves, squares and rectangles. I like to attach found objects and gemstones onto the pieces and have started mounting smaller works onto collaged backgrounds.

I think of my scarves as color sketches. Wearable drawings that come to life when worn. I also enjoy adding crocheted ‘lettuce’ edges to some of my scarves and am having fun creating cowls, skinny scarves, long scarves and wraps. It fascinates me that each piece takes on a personality of it’s own when worn and, like things in nature, no two are exactly alike. When combined with you, each scarf is a co-creation. My hope for each piece it that it brings the wearer comfort, warmth and joy.

I fell in love with weaving while attending VCU in Richmond, Virginia where I received a BFA in Crafts in 1970.

Professional Distinction: Commission/Custom Work, Consignment/Retail, Exhibition

Jan Russell

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141 Stribling Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903-2940

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