Artist Biography

Jane Bevan is a lifelong collector and an artist with a passion for English woodlands. Walking daily amongst ancient trees near her home in Derbyshire, she gathers interesting and eye catching materials to carry home and transform into artworks.

The thorns, fragments of bark, seeds, feathers and acorn cups are celebrated in Jane’s work, often because of their tiny imperfections and irregularities. It is the smaller, quiet details of nature that appeal, the single sycamore seed or quirky twig which might otherwise be over-looked. Jane’s pieces are hand-stitched, tied and intricately assembled using waxed thread or natural cordage.

After a 25 year career in museums throughout the UK, Jane completed a degree in Craft at the University of Derby, graduating with a first class degree in 2014.
Jane is a passionate advocate of museums, spending time gathering ideas and ‘foraging’ for inspiration from museum collections such as the British Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.

Jane exhibits her work in exhibitions, galleries and Craft events nationwide and in France, always enjoying the opportunity to share her enthusiasm for collecting and making. She runs workshops for all ages and gives talks and demonstrations.

See a short film made by R&A Collaborations for the Devon Guild ‘Home Ground’ exhibition