Bright Seed Textiles
What is the background behind Bright Seed Textiles?
As a child I was always very creative and I went to Art College, but ironically I ended up spending most of my working life in IT. In 2005 I moved back to my native Northumberland to start a new career in occupational therapy. However, a completely unplanned and unexpected chain of events led me to fulfil my childhood dream of becoming a professional artist.
Soon after moving I learnt how to rag rug, a traditional local craft. I began to create rag rugged wall hangings using Harris Tweed and quickly fell in love with this unique hand woven fabric. I became obsessed with collecting Harris Tweed and also started selling my wall hangings at a local gallery.
From this point on I began to nurture ideas about the possibility of making my living from my art. But rag rugging is a very slow craft and Harris Tweed is expensive. So even though my work sold well and for hundreds of pounds, I couldn’t make a living from it.
In 2010 I bought some felting needles on a whim and started playing around needle felting some scraps of Harris Tweed and wool yarns. I showed the resulting seascape picture to the local gallery owner. She loved it and asked me to create some more Harris Tweed pictures for an exhibition at her gallery the following year. The exhibition was a success and really I haven’t looked back since.
Jane Jackson lives and works in rural Northumberland.
What inspires Bright Seed Textiles?
I am mainly inspired by the landscapes, landmarks and wildlife of Northumberland. But I also love Scotland, Cumbria and Yorkshire all of which are nearby. I am also inspired by the colours and patterns of Harris Tweed, which are often inspired by colours found in the Hebridean landscape where they are woven. I am lucky enough to live only 4 miles from Embleton Bay and you can’t beat a trip to the beach for getting the creative juices going
Jane Jackson's Top North East Tourist Tip:
The beaches in Northumberland are very beautiful and well worth exploring. They all have their own unique characteristics and landmarks. But make sure you wrap us warmly, even in summer!