Janice Gunner


Working predominantly with hand dyed fabrics, Janice designs and makes art textiles. She is influenced by her surroundings, places she has visited, particularly Japan and her thoughts. Her work often includes fabric dyed using shibori (resist dyed) techniques or vintage Japanese fabrics with some form of geometric piecing and machine quilting. Janice often works in a series, with a strong element of asymmetry in the design.

"I have stitched in some form or another for most of my life, making my own clothes for many years and then making patchwork. I appreciate and collect old Japanese textiles. I am very interested and specialize in many of the techniques used to pattern these textiles such as shibori, katazome, dorozome (mud dyeing) kasuri weaving, rōketsuzome, tsutsugaki and more. I am fascinated by the use of indigo – aizome and kakishibu (persimmon) in many of these techniques too."

"I first became interested in Japanese textiles after seeing a kimono when I was a child. I was in awe of the colours and patterns. My interest was rekindled when I learned how to stitch sashiko (a Japanese Embroidery/Quilting technique) in the 1980s. I then went on to study traditional shibori (resist dyeing technique) whilst studying for the Diploma in Stitched Textiles. I wrote a bestselling book on shibori in 2006 which has been republish several times and is now in its third edition. 2006 was my first visit to Japan as President of The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles, I accompanied quilts from the Guild collection to The Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival."

"All of my trips to Japan have included some time to see these in closer detail, recent visits have included travel to Tokushima to see indigo dyers at work in their studios/workshops and to also take part in dyeing with Japanese aizome. I am also interested in other natural dyes and this has been the main focus of my research during study for a MA in Textiles at UCA, Farnham. I will soon be starting on new pieces of work inspired by the Research & Study trip I went on in November 2019 with 20 other MA and PhD students. Making two pieces of work each, the exhibition will also include leading Japanese textile artists."