Jane Kenyon

Textiles are the unsung heroines of cultural exploration. A fiber artist today probes the history and significance of historical textiles, but also explores the relationships and possibilities in a contemporary world. Building on the foundation of traditional fibre and art practices, a new art medium is created with new possibilities of design, expression, and ideology. Today's fiber artist utilizes a large variety of techniques; painting, dyeing, printing, collage, gilding, sculpture, hand embroidery, machine stitching and more.

Currently, Kenyon is exploring the creation of cloth with stitch only, Thread Painting. This requires a foundation (stabilizer) on which to stitch that can be dissolved at the end of the project. Working in this way, the artist is essentially drawing & painting with thread, instead of using other traditional painting mediums. Thread Painting creates exceptional detail and texture that are not possible with any other technique, and Kenyon is exploring both the natural and the urban world in her present imagery.

Along with many years of study of weaving, painting, and printmaking, Jane earned an Art and Design for Embroidery Certificate from London, England. Her artwork can be found in corporate collections in Vancouver and private collections in Canada and the U.S., as well as the Korean Craft Museum, Canadian Embassy in Seoul, Canada Council Art Bank, Saskatchewan Art Bank collections and the World Textile Association in Miami, FL.

Solo Exhibitions
2011    Near & Far, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008    Red Listed/Handle with Care, Penticton Art Gallery, Penticton, BC.
2007    Lichens/An Intimate Portrait, Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2006    Red Listed/Handle With Care, Craft Association of BC Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2004    Kenyon – New Work, Thirteenmoons Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2004    Fragments, Craft Association of BC Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2003    Short Notice, The Gallery @ Artisan Square, Bowen Island, BC
2002    Textiles & Mixed Media – Jane Kenyon, Crash Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2001    Unsung Heroines, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1998    Embroidery – Take Another Look, Craft Association of BC Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1995    Timeless Threads, Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver, BC
1995    Recent Landscapes in Acrylic & Oil, Plumtree Gallery, Bowen Is., BC
1995    Recent Fibre Art, Plumtree Gallery, Bowen Island, BC
1994    Seasons in Silk, Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

Group Exhibitions
2010    Representations, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2010    Art of Craft/By Hand – Museum of Vancouver, 2010 Cultural Olympiad
2010    Landscape Let us Travel, Paris France
2009    Landscape Let Us Travel, Pfaff International, London UK
2009    Unity & Diversity, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, S. Korea
2009    SOFA Chicago, Jane Sauer Gallery
2009    The Stitch: Fiber Invitational, Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale AZ
2009    World in Textile Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2008    SOFA Chicago, Jane Sauer Gallery
2008    Beijing Art Salon, Jane Sauer Gallery
2008    art of the Stitch 2008-9, UK, Germany, Hungary, Spain
2008    Contemporary Craft in BC, Vancouver Museum
2008    PalmBeach3, Jane Sauer Gallery
2007    Korean International Craft Biennale Competition, Cheongju, S. Korea
2007    SOFA Chicago, Jane Sauer Gallery
2007    Moving Beyond, SDA Group exhibition, Vancouver, BC
2006    Fibreworks 2006, biennial Canadian fibre art exhibition, Cambridge, ON
2006    Small Expressions, juried, Convergence 2006, Grand Rapids MI
2006    Cutting Edge Grandeur, juried, Convergence 2006
2005    Elements IV: Fibre & Ceramics, Architectural Institute of BC
1994-2005    Harmony Arts Festival, juried and invitational, West Vancouver, BC
2004    Connections –Grace Barrand Design Centre, Nutfield, UK
2003    The Canadian Show, Art Resources Gallery, St. Paul, MN
2003    Small Expressions, Houston, TX
2002    Small Expressions, Vancouver BC, 2002
2002    Celestial Navigation – Interfaith Expression, juried, Convergence 2002, Vancouver, BC
2002    New Wave: New Fibers-New Techniques, juried textile exhibition, Convergence 2002, Vancouver, BC
2002    Shorelines, invitational, Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver, BC
2002    Fiber & Clay in the Year of the Horse, Triad Gallery, Seal Rock, Oregon,
2001    Hidden Messages, Cityscape Gallery, North Vancouver, BC,
2001    Origins, Hycroft University Women’s Club, Vancouver, BC
2001    Threads of Life, Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver, BC
1998    The Atrium Collection, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1998    Made By Hand – CABC Silver Anniversary Show, Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, BC
1997    The APEC Canadian Craft Collection, Government of Canada, Vancouver, BC

Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Canadian Embassy Collection, Seoul, South Korea
Saskatchewan Art Bank, Regina, SK, Canada
Korean Craft Museum, Cheongju, South Korea
World Textile Art Association, Miami, Florida
Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver, BC (11 artworks)
Screening Mammography Centre, North Vancouver BC

2009    Freestyle Machine Embroidery, Carol Shinn, Interweave Press
2009    Studio Art Quilts Journal, 3-D Quilts, Spring Issue
2008    Fiberarts Magazine, Thread Paintings Transcend Sources, Sept/Oct.
2007    Embroidery Magazine, Surgical Thread – Jane Kenyon, Sept/Oct.
2007    Surface Design Magazine, Fall Issue
2006    Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot Magazine , Fall Issue
2003    Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot Magazine , Fall Issue
2003    Abroadsheets/City & Guilds of London Journal
2003    Your Office Magazine, October Issue
2002    Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot Magazine, Fall Issue
2002    Quilting Arts Magazine, Summer Issue, featured artist
2002    Canadian Craft Federation Brochure
2002    Creative Machine Embroidery, Gail Harker, Brassey’s Inc., reprinted 2004
1999    Embroidery Magazine, A Canadian Connection May/June
1996    Handwoven, May/June, Interweave Press
1995    FiberArts Design Book Five, Interweave Press
1994    Green & White, University of Saskatchewan Journal
1994    Parkhurst Exchange Medical Journal
1994    The Craft Factor, Saskatchewan Craft Council, Fall/Winter Issue
1994    Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot Magazine , Spring

2009    Grand Prize, Pfaff International Art Challenge, London, UK
2009    Niche Award Winner, Fiber Surface Design
2008    Niche Finalist, Decorative Fiber
2007    Special Citation, Korean International Craft Biennale
2006    2nd place, Small Expressions, Grand Rapids, MI
2006    2nd place, Cutting Edge Grandeur, Convergence 2006, MI
2002    1st place, Small Expressions, Vancouver, BC
2002    Greater Vancouver’s Weavers & Spinners Award, Convergence 2002, Vancouver, BC
1996    Best of Show, Denver, Colorado, 1996
1994    Handweavers Guild of America Award of Excellence, Saskatoon
Artist Talks & Presentations
2009    Fiber, A Passion, Vancouver Weavers Guild Memorial Lecture
2009    Professional Practice in Fiber Art, Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts, Vancouver BC
2008    Art Gallery of the South Okanagan, Penticton, BC
2006    Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts, Vancouver, BC
2006    Richmond Guild of Fibre Arts, Richmond, BC
2004    Thirteen Moons Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2004    Contemporary Art Quilters, Seattle, WA
2003    Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver, BC
2003    Greater Vancouver Weavers & Spinners Guild, Vancouver BC
2002    Art Quilters Guild, North Vancouver, BC
2001    Vancouver, Needle Arts Guild, Vancouver, BC
2000    Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver, BC
1999    Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts, Vancouver, BC
1998    Greater Vancouver Weavers & Spinners Guild, Vancouver BC
Selected Jurying & Curating
2010    Curator - Interlacements, Craft Council of BC Gallery
2008    Hilde Gerson Award, Craft Council of BC
2008    Grace Cameron Rogers Award, Craft Council of BC
2006    Hilde Gerson Award, Craft Council of BC
2005    Grace Cameron Rogers Award, Craft Council of BC
2005    Filberg Craft Festival, Comox, BC
2002    Islands, The Gallery @ Artisan Square, Bowen Island, BC
2002    Visions 20/02, Craft Council of BC Gallery, Vancouver, BC