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Jan Friedman


Jan Friedman - Fiber Artist

Jan Friedman has been weaving since 1974. Jan received her M.A. in Textile Design at the University of Iowa in 1980. She has conducted workshops in weaving, color, and dyeing across the United States. Her tapestries and framed collage pieces have been featured in numerous invitational and juried exhibits and have been commissioned for both private homes and corporate collections.

Tapestries come in all sizes, but many are ideal for larger spaces — above fireplaces, in entry areas, and so forth. The warp for these pieces is cotton seine twine, and the wefts are a combination of wool, cotton, rayon, metallic yarn, and dyed silk fabric strips. For these pieces, I hand-dye the yarn and silk fabric in order to achieve a wide range of hues. The design is built up slowly as I weave in the different colors, row upon row. I like to contrast flat areas with more textured regions, made from the silk strips, which are woven into the surface.

"I want these pieces to entice you to take a closer look -- at surfaces that vary in texture -- at bold color combinations and slow chromatic gradations. I hope this work evokes a response from you, whether it is spiritual, emotional, or simply curiosity about content and techniques."

Framed fiber collages also are available in a wide range of sizes and can be displayed either as a single work or as a series. For collages, I weave small textile fragments and combine them with a variety of objects found while walking outside. These “natural treasures” (e.g., feathers, sticks, stones), as well as man-made objects (e.g., beads, Japanese papers) are stored until they are needed for a specific collage. In contrast to the highly planned tapestries, I work intuitively on the collages, bringing together and arranging elements in a more interactive fashion.

Hand-dyed scarves are an economical way to own (and wear!) fiber art.  Each is a one-of-a-kind piece to suit your specific wardrobe. Many of my handwoven scarves are made from rayon chenille, an incredibly soft and luxurious fiber.  Some of these scarves are dyed before they are woven, with colors flowing into each other, creating a watercolor effect.  All fringes are individually twisted and knotted for longer life.  I also produce scarves with ruffled edges, using a combination of rayon or rayon chenille and merino wool. A third, lighter scarf is made from hand-dyed silk and typically includes multiple colors in a marbled pattern.  Finally, I create shibori scarves, which are wrapped and tied around a cylinder, then dyed; the dye uptake and resist forms a variety of eye-catching patterns.

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