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Jane Bari

Wearable bead artist, indie wool dyer, spinner, pastel and acrylic painter,
mixed media felt artist.

Member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists 
Member of the Australian Textile and Surface Design Association Inc

I work across a variety of mediums, ranging from pastel and acrylic painting, bead embroidery for one of a kind articles of wear for the wrist, neck and ear and I also hand dye roving for spinners and weavers. In sell my works online and in art galleries. I have returned to felting with wool I dye myself and turning these into colourful hand felted paintings that are embellished with freeform embroidery and bead embroidery and bead weaving. All my works have my signature use of lots of colour, form and texture.

I took up bead embroidery in April 2013 in a bid to try and cure my persistently frustrating dyslexia after hearing a woman on ABC overnight radio discussing how humans can alter the neurons in their brains to compensate for cognitive deficiencies. Beading has not assisted my dyslexia one iota but in the bigger scheme of a colour based life, this is not an issue at all. I increasingly believe that dyslexia is not a cognitive deficiency at all but an enhanced way of viewing the world. Dyslexic people are often versatile as they must find ways around issues. I have the added sensory bonus of synaesthesia and this adds yet another layer of creativity to my works. I not only say and picture words in my head but I can often smell and taste the words as well. The scent and taste for certain words is always the same; never changing. I assumed this state of being quite “normal” but it is a rare condition that enhances my creativity.

I have had no formal training at all as my parents did not value educating women. However, I was sewing by the age of four, having been taught by my impoverished family to make and mend. I continue artistic skills acquisition to this day. My biggest asset is what lies between my ears and the determination to expand my skills base through daily art related activities. I belong to a family of artistic people, all of whom reside overseas.

My inspiration is always from the natural world without evidence of human activity. My favourite piece of artwork is a large pastel painting I have here at home titled, “After the Storm”. I specialise in tormented seascapes in my pastels and will turn to painting poppies as “light” relief after the intensity and emotional weight of painting stormy skies and seas. If people are present in my paintings, they are usually extremely tiny and insignificant, compared to the majesty and power of the environment in which they inhabit. My mixed media felt paintings mostly contain hidden existential elements and contain a wonderful array of colour.

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