About Janice Myers
The books, bags, 3D pieces and installations are made primarily out of various polythene, plastic tubing, rubber, wire, metal and incorporate many found items and recycled or unconventional materials that have been disregarded or discounted. Very often these too are made from plastics.
I colour many of the items. I also heat or fuse materials to change their properties. This makes them change their appearance, but also stops them disintegrating over time.
Detail is generally added using strips of polythene and hand stitching, or worked with fishing line, wire and often a computerised sewing machine for finer detail, or to further distort the material being used.
The jewellery I make is created from polythene or glass beads which are often combined with various plastics.
My paintings are usually fairly large bold abstracts for which I use acrylics, which lend themselves to the immediacy that I like to work with. A pallet knife, hard roller, or any random mark making item such as knitting needles, bits of wood or card is used as opposed to paint brushes. I like to mix my colours straight onto the canvas, using very little water.
The challenge of a blank canvas excites me, but I am equally happy to work to a theme as long as I have complete freedom. I don’t abstract something I see, I usually have nothing in my head initially. This means I paint very freely but like to combine that with geometric shapes, often adding detail that comes from my textiles beginnings, which gave me a love of pattern and texture.
2004: Won the Henry Foyle award for Stitched Textiles.
2005: Had work accepted for the “V111 Trienniale Internationale Des Mini Textiles at Musees, D’Angers, France.
2006: Had Work accepted in the 2nd Triennial of Textile Art, in Szombathely, Hungary.
2006: Won the “Bradcombe Award” in the Ale and Porter Open Art Competition.
2007: Finalist in the “Pfaff Open”. This work was shown in London/ France and Sweden.
2009: Won first Prize in “The Textile Directory’s Open”
2009: (Sept) Was shortlisted for “The Henry Foyle Award for Stitched Textiles”.
2009: (Oct) Finalist in “2009 Pfaff Open”, shown in London in 2009, Paris in 2010, Museum De Kantfabriek, Horst, Nederland from Nov. 2010- Feb 2011