Jan Mullen, North Fremantle, WA

Email: jan@janmullen.com.au
Website: www.janmullen.com.au

My artistic life has been bookended by study. Tertiary study many years (B.Ed Art/Craft Textile/Sculpture) ago and now my recent self-directed study.

I marked this new start to studio life in January 2015 with the aim of exploring a fresh approach to designing and making. Setting a ‘back to base’ approach was needed after many years of working commercially, internationally, in the Quilt Industry, then teaching locally in my studio and more recently working on increasingly large Community projects such as SalvageSelvedge.

Quilt making has been a wonderful focus but of late it is the simple repetition of stitch and of line – not necessarily tied to layering – that I turn to. As I am slowly returning to simplicity of drawing. As I am open again to thinking in 3D.

My motley collection of old/odd books and a visual library of ‘stuff’ now help me to unravel the past, to redirect my aesthetic, to challenge me and to make me curious. Being tied to specifics of size, style, form, materials or technique currently holds little appeal.

I have set my course, and devote as much of my week as possible to dedicated studio time.

feathering the nest #1 – of hope & glory

Price: AUD $3000
Dimensions: 182 x 179 cm ( 71.5 x 70.5 in) (H x W)
Statement: My two volumes of Weldon’s Practical Needlework from the late 19th century contain superb illustrations of stitches, techniques and finished items. These were times of hope chests and glory boxes, when spare time was spent stitching for the future – preparing for a love nest of one’s own.
Exhibitions: Art Quilt Australia 2015
Photographer: 
Bewley Shaylor

feathering the nest #2 – death of the doily

Price: AUD $1500
Dimensions: 1121-125cm x 120cm cm (77.5-49in x 47 in) (H x W)
Statement: I grew up admiring the handwork of my mothers and grandmother’s generations. I collect handstitched ‘discards’ although contemporary life has no use for these fripperies. I grew up with a builder father working with easy-clean Laminates whose surfaces made those fripperies obsolete.
Laminate …. the death of the doily.
Exhibitions: twentyONE+ (WAFTA juried exhibition 2016)
Photographer: 
Bewley Shaylor

Can You Keep A Secret #2

Price: AUD $2,000
Dimensions: 91.5 x 122cm (36 x 48in) (H x W)
Statement: My Childhood arms were tattooed by the memory of this much loved chant. ‘Given’ to me by my maternal grandmother and reiterated by my mother, it is a tradition that I have, in turn, passed on to my children.
Photographer: 
Bewley Shaylor

knit one purl one #1 – my summer yarn

Price: AUD $2,000
Dimensions: 200/254cm X 35cm (H x W)
Statement: Growing up, summer was shorthand for beach, caravan, and reconnecting with summer friends in extensively explored surrounds of bush and beach.
Knit memories with that special summer yarn so people, place, and everyday things become memorialised. Not quite as mysterious as an Enid Blyton novel but just as thrilling.
Exhibitions: stitched & bound 2017
Photographer: 
Bewley Shaylor

Fortune Favours the Makers #1

Price: AUD $1800
Dimensions: 201 x 104cm ( 79 x 41in) (H x W)
Statement: Fortune cookies hold the mystery of the future. For the unofficial guild of domestic makers fortune is in their hands.
Exhibitions: WAFTA Mysterium members exhibition
Photographer:  Bewley Shaylor

© Jan Mullen