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My Mother and Grandmother were seldom seen sitting, but when they were, they were doing handwork...embroidery, crochet, sewing, hemming, mending...hands always busy. While some of this handwork was functional, much of it was art. It seems this type of art, and the women who create(d) it, have always been undervalued and under appreciated. We work with our hands not because we need to, but because we must. Needle and fabric arts have marked our passage through the ages and continue to do so.

I am a self-taught artist taking various classes over the years to improve my skills in drawing, watercolor, and pastel. Since retiring, I have discovered quilting and fine handwork and these have become my recent passions. My art incorporates a variety of techniques -- free motion quilting, embroidery, beading, hand lettering -- used to create a totally unique work of textile art.

Janice Barton

  • Oh Happy Day

    49” x 49”

    100% Cotton

    Free motion quilted on domestic machine. Piped and hand bound.