Jan Bowman’s woven artworks take the form of spatial divides, panels and sculptural pieces, all made on a dobby loom. In her work, Jan interprets colour, form and textures inherent in the landscape, alongside exploring rhythms in nature; the play of light and shadow; sequences of growth; tides, currents, and seasonal change. Using a combination of natural and man-made materials in her work, Jan enjoys pushing the technical boundaries in hand loom weaving.
Jan is strongly influenced by aspects of traditional Japanese aesthetics, particularly the Japanese appreciation and interpretation of nature, their use of materials, textual sensitivity, and the amazing standard of artistry and master craftsmanship evident in so much of their making.
Further research by Jan has explores the possibilities of heightening people’s sense of ‘well-being’ through the integration of textile artwork within healthcare spaces. A major consideration is how textiles respond to and meet the physical and emotional needs of people within a space.
Jan Bowman is one of Design-Nation’s Fellows.