10 Parishes Festival of visual and performing arts
By Jan Tillett

Jan Tillett

I am a textile artist and tutor living and working in Devon.

A lifelong addiction to textiles began to show more direction when studying for an HND in Spatial Design at Somerset College of Arts and Technology. I began designing embroidered textiles to place within interior schemes but realised I was much more interested in the textiles than the interior design. I use a variety of fabrics and threads to create distinctive textiles – remnants, recycled cloth, hand dyed fabric, as well as new, irresistible fabric. To make the embroidered textile pieces I use a sewing machine set to free motion stitching – drawing with a sewing machine. From the simplicity of a line drawing on a single piece of fabric to the complexity of multi layered fabrics with intense stitching, the variety of textures achieved with a sewing machine, fabric and thread is as varied as any other art medium.

Often the fabrics are manipulated, sometimes with a heat gun, sometimes by cutting back into the layers and always adding more and more stitching until the desired effect is achieved. I then use the embroidered pieces to create contemporary, tactile accessories.The inspiration for my textiles comes mainly from the colours and textures within both the natural and built environment. From the tiniest seeds to a stretch of landscape: colour and texture can be seen all around, often in unexpected combinations.

Free motion embroidery is an addictive process and one that I love to share with others. I teach a range of creative textile workshops in Devon and further afield. Local venues include: Tiverton, Exeter, Sidmouth and South Brent.

Event Type: Exhibition

Disciplines: Textiles and Fashion

Parish: Waterrow and Chipstable

Artist Contact

Email: jan.tillett@btinternet.com

Phone: 01884 32164

Mobile: 07999 873130

Web Address: www.jantillett.co.uk


Visit the Festival from 11th-19th September 2021

The 2019 Festival has now passed, and what a blast we all had!

The Festival will return in September 2021.

The Street Market and Carnival will return in September 2021.

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Address of venue:

Waterrow and Chipstable Village Hall
Address of venue:

Directions: From Wiveliscombe follow B3227 in direction of Bampton. At Rock Inn turn right. Village Hall is 200m on left.

Opening times

Saturday 11:

Sunday 12:

Monday 13:

Tuesday 14:

Wednesday 15:

Thursday 16:

Friday 17:

Saturday 18:

Sunday 19:

Please note, although the exhibition will be open everyday during the 10 Parishes Festival and you will be able to see my work whichever day you visit, I will only be attending on the following dates – Saturday 11th, Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th.
Please see my website www.jantillett.co.uk or my Facebook page Jan Tillett Textiles for any updates.

Venue Information

Venue contact: Heather Rabbage

Phone: 07581 413934

Disabled Access: Full Disabled Access from side entrance

Toilets: Toilets with disabled access

Dogs: Dogs allowed

Refreshments: Tea, coffee and biscuits

Parking: Roadside Parking

Exhibiting at this venue: Tommy Acock (Handcrafted Bags), John Howells (Photography), Lesa Morley (Painting and Drawing), Heather Rabbage (Weaver & Spinner), Kay Waite (Ceramics). Jan Tillett (Textile Artist)