Adventures in Mixed Media With Jane Davies

Adventures in Mixed Media With Jane Davies
June 05, 2014

Jane Davies, a teacher at this year's Arts Week, is a full-time artist working in collage, paint, and encaustics. In this slideshow, she talks about the mysteries of the artistic journey.

 

  • Jane Davies offers workshops at her studio and nationwide, focusing on helping people find a personal and playful approach to creating. For the past several years, she has put most of her efforts into teaching, writing, and having fun making art.

    “Art is definitely a journey,” she says. “My journey has taken me from being a potter to freelance artist to artist-author-teacher, with interwoven avenues of bookbinding, printmaking, beading, painting, textile art, design, and other means of creating.”

  • As a creative guide and mentor, Jane teaches students that one of the keys to finding their creative edge is to cultivate a degree of comfort, or at least willingness, with the awkward territory of not-knowing.

    “While I may teach a multitude of techniques,” she says, “my focus is on the back-and-forth play of spontaneity and intention that characterizes the creative process.”

  • “In my own art practice, a focus on process is an essential component of developing work that feels authentic and personal," she says. "My process involves a back-and-forth play between spontaneous, intuitive mark-making, and careful deliberation and intention. I think of it as letting things happen, and making things happen.” 

  • Reflecting on her creative path, Jane says, “I believe that making art is a journey with very few hand-holds and only a general road map. Each participant has to find his or her own way, while at the same time remain open to learning from others.”

     

  • Jane is the author of three books on collage and mixed media—Adventures in Mixed Media, Collage Journeys, and Collage With Color—as well as a book on ceramics and a DVD on painting and collage techniques. As a person deeply immersed in creativity, she believes inspiration infuses our daily life.

    “I can be moved by a simple combination of color and line,” she says, “or the relationships of shapes and edges, or the interplay between pattern and scale. I look at colors, textures, and images out in the world as well: rocks, rust, surfaces affected by age or by marks of the human hand, or by time and tides,” she says.

  • “I go to the studio to see what will happen rather than to make something specific happen," she says. "I may start with an idea, but once I engage with the materials and become absorbed in the process, the muses take over.”

 

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