Jan Gill Biography
Artist, Designer, wife, mother and grandma.
Originally from Cheshire, I moved with my family to Staffordshire at the age of 9.
Staffordshire is where I stayed through University at Keele and starting a family. With a young family the next destination was Wales where a big chunk of my heart will remain. It was a great place to bring up children. Several moves later through Bromsgrove, Birmingham, back to Wales and on to Burton on Trent, I am now resident on the outskirts of Sheffield, a stone’s throw from the Peak district, a place I spent many a Sunday on day trips with my parents and siblings.
Studying at the University of Keele culminated in a BA with honours. My career was put on hold while bringing up a family, although I continued to be creative, designing and making clothes, home furnishings and still painting. Exhibitions in the local library and theatre, plus stalls at craft events throughout the UK kept sales going and led to a shared award of Best Newcomer to Traditional Crafts in 2004. Teaching and demonstrating plus running a bricks and mortar (and online) art and craft materials shop and gallery kept me busy for a number years.
On moving back to Staffordshire, I exhibited at the Green Man Gallery in Buxton for the latter half of 2013. I was also selected for the 3 counties and Macclesfield Open exhibitions. I continued to sell at craft fairs and other outlets throughout 2014.
During 2015, I took something of a sabbatical to move house, get married and complete training.
Now, in 2016, I am concentrating again on a career as an Artist. I have works on both Etsy and Artfinder and have started my own website with blog and shop at www.jangill.com. I have stalls booked at King’s Hall in Stoke on Trent, a Showcase in Sheffield town centre and further events to be announced.
My work is in collections in Canada, USA, Abu Dhabi, Australia, France and Germany as well as the UK.