Thursday, January 01, 2009

About me

I have been making things (I’ve been told) for much longer than I can even remember. Art is my passion and drawing, painting, printing, bookbinding, sculpture and working with textiles are what bring my life meaning. I grew up in a house with strangely bright colors on the walls and mystifying patterns in the Persian rugs on the floors. I have loved color and pattern ever since and they are themes that continue in my art.

I love learning new techniques. I am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art, which follows on from years of other studies and workshops in a wide range of art practices. I work in a computer lab with Kindergarten kids by day and print, paint and draw after hours. I’m inspired by everyday objects and my collection of vintage “How to…” books. I love to combine, intertwine and superimpose images to create a story, often making unusual combinations and injecting them with subtle humor.

I started this blog 26th March 2006 initially as a way of sharing my sketching with other members of the Yahoo group Everyday Matters. I was amazed at how much I enjoyed blogging and discovered that the blogging community is a fantastic bunch of people and a very sharing environment. I opened my Etsy shop in January 2008. Since then I have enjoyed the community that makes up Etsy and 'meeting' my customers who come from all over the globe. I am a very proud member of DUST Team (Down Under Street Team) and Printsy Street Team on Etsy, and I'm guest art editor for Etsy Profiles.

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Irene Katakis said...

Hi Jan, I really love all your work. I was wondering if by any chance you studied through Curtin Uni of technology?? I saw your A1 image of teh chairs and that is what we had to do for one of our projects. I really love your chairs.

Jan Allsopp said...

Hi Irene, yes I study through Curtin although I've had quite a break from it this year. Back into it again nest year. I'm assuming you are too. A Ning was started by some students to make keeping in touch outside units easlier. If you email me jan[at] I'll email you the invite to join so you can check it out and see if you like it. Its been pretty quite lately but it's still a food group to be in.