I produce beautiful, sustainable biophilic designs to raise awareness of the natural world and our environment.
Weaving ‘my stories’ into these fragile and delicate pieces reflects my deep love of the Cornish coastal environment.
Sustainability and upcycling are at the very heart of my work - both in my use of found materials and my work with nettle fibre.
My woven pieces are a poetic ‘ode to nature’; their simplicity reflects the beauty of the natural world and seeks to heal our disconnect with nature.
‘True happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are the same thing’ – Ghandhi.
Hand weaving is a ‘slow process’ which promotes mindfulness and a connection to a spiritual source, naturally improving well-being by slowing the breath, and connecting us with our innate purposefulness.
My recent work ‘Mottainai’ was selected for the Future Edit exhibition by the Craft Council which opened in London January 2021.
Review of Mottainai:
At a first encounter with the ‘Mottainai’ installation by Jane Gray, one is attracted to the delicate ethereal threads and the subtle natural colours. The long slim hanging pieces are like graceful paintings in space, responding like whispers to our breath as we engage with them.
But there is so much more to Jane’s work than this enchanting surface and kinetic appeal. There are stories here, stories which are about us and relevant to today, but also ‘threads’ which reach back into time, our time as part of the natural order of things, and our relationship to the natural world..
As a Textile Designer Jane has the creative confidence and vision to explore unfamiliar combinations of threads and materials to create seemingly phenomenological capabilities that occur while combining materials. It is this tacit experience that she finds so intriguing as her hands work their magic at the loom!
Her biophilic designs are tangible representations of the intangible layers of communication from her own life experience and love of nature. Deliberately taking the ‘slow meditative lane’ to hand weave and connect to its spiritual ancestral source.
Jane’s creative process will often emerge from a mindful walk in nature, sketching into her mind the thoughts and ideas. What happens during the making process can often be a spiritual intuitive process that cannot be explained intellectually, but has to be experienced and felt to fully appreciate her work as it is not intended to be a passive experience , but a collaborative conversation.
Jane Gray 2020 B A (Hons) Textile Design Falmouth University specialising in weaving.