Jane O’Brien


Jane’s inspiration comes from her interest in textiles and the messages that they convey through their construction, pattern and colour.  She uses textiles to create a visual response about social culture and the world around us.  Her collages evolve through her use of sketching, printing and stitch combinations.  She has explored the history of the damask pattern focusing on it’s depiction in Renaissance art and more recently on how many of these patterns have travelled along the east/west trade routes.

Jane’s background is in interior design and soft furnishings having worked as a designer as well as a teacher.  More recently her academic studies in the history of art and her exploration of textiles have enabled her to exhibit with various group as well as with The Designer Crafts Society at the Mall Galleries and Chelsea Art School.


City & Guilds Soft Furnishings and Upholstery – Distinction
Certificate in Education
Diploma in the History of Art – Oxford University
Diploma in Stitched Textiles – Distinction – East Berkshire College


Oxford Textile Artists – Chairman
Textiles in Oxford
West Ox Arts Society
The Society of Designer-Craftsmen (MSDC)



Oxford Artweeks, Group Six, St. Michael’s Church, Summertown, May 7 – May 15
Oxford Textile Artists, ‘Connections’, Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, May 7 – June 5

2018 – 2021

Society of Designer Craftsman, Chelsea Art School, July 2018
Oxford Textile Artists, ‘Journeys’, Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, May 2018
HapticArt, ‘Abingdon Treasures’, Abingdon Museum, April – June, 2021

2017 – 2015
HapticArt, Riverhouse Gallery, Walton-on-Thames
Oxfordshire Artweeks
‘Capability Brown’, Embroiderers’ Guild, Blenheim Palace
Society of Designer Craftsmen, The Mall Gallery, London
Threads of Life, West Ox Arts, Bampton, Oxfordshire

Talks and Workshops

Stroud International Festival
Embroiderers’ Guild Branches
West Ox Arts
Phoenix Stitchers
Thames Valley Contemporary Textiles
The Worshipful Company of Barbers & Surgeons, City of London


Email: obrienj22@aol.com