Jane Carlisle Bellerby Silk Art

Artist Statement

Combining a love of both walking within and depicting landscape, Jane is currently following a course of post-graduate study, initiated to cultivate a deeper understanding of our perception of and connection to the rural and natural landscape. As time progressed she was able to identify the significant themes which shape her own relationship to the land and underpin her creative practice. Placing the concept of 'Biophilia' (Wilson, 1984) and scientific evidence supporting the benefits of green exercise alongside personal responses valuing psychological immersion within the landscape, has enabled Jane to develop mixed media textile work for both outdoor and indoor settings, the former inviting the effect of the elements upon it, the latter representing the internalization of the outdoor experience.

Direct contact with nature and the land is illustrated through a variety of techniques; use of photographs and digital recordings, texture prints and rubbings using handmade crayons, natural dyeing, eco printing and rust marking on silk, used to denote preciousness. Manmade rubbish weathered by the elements and collected whilst walking is utilized alongside natural found objects embedded in handmade paper or stitch. Recurring motifs are used throughout; the golden suture representing improving health and emotional fortitude, concentric circles and holes/portals signifying movement through space whilst also acting as a sanctuary. Every hand stitch, akin to the footpath markings on a map, celebrates the potential for personal transition that physical movement through the land can provide us.


  • MA Creative Practice, Harrogate College 2016
  • BA Hons History & Theory of Art, University of Central Lancashire 1998
  • Foundation Diploma Art & Design (Textiles), Harrogate College 1991  

Good art helps us see familiar places with fresh eyes. Work by artists as diverse as Chiang Yee and Andy Goldsworthy all help us gain a deeper understanding of the landscape by making us look beyond the surface. This is a strong theme running through all of Jane's work. With influences like Beardsley, Hokusai and psychedelic album covers Jane reintroduces us to the landscape, getting us to see beyond the everyday. Jane uses painted silk, a technique that introduces randomness and change into her art. This approach reminds us that the landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales are not static and unchanging, but altered, mutable and evolving.

Steve Toase

Past Events

  • 'Bards, Idols & Liars' (group), Leeds Central Library 2017

  • Fishpond Wood Art Trail, Bewerley, part of Nidd Art Trail 2017
  • 'Green Health', Horticap, Harrogate, 2017
  • 'From Dale To Dale' MA Creative Practice Exhibition, number 6 studio gallery, Pateley Bridge, 2016
  • The Colours of Spring, Kala Sangam South Asian Arts Centre, Bradford, 2015
  • sweet heART Tea Rooms & Gallery, Pateley Bridge, Nidderdale 2015
  • Ripon White Rabbit Art Trail, North Yorkshire, 2015
  • Host Art Walk, Huddersfield Town Centre 2014
  • Creative iD Exhibition, The Station, Richmond 2014
  • Pop-Up Gallery, Harrogate Town Centre, Spring/Summer 2014
  • 'Only Girls Allowed', Wensleydale Galleries, Leyburn 2014
  • Blue Light Gallery, Masham 2013
  • Masham Arts Festival Open Exhibition 2013
  • Anonymous Art Exhibition, Harrogate 2013, 2015
  • Nidd Art Trail, Nidderdale, North Yorkshire 2013-17
  • 'Mongolian Links' (group exhibition), Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 2012
  • HOST Open Studios, West Yorkshire 2011
  • Yorkshire on my Mind' (group exhibition), Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 2010, The Butterfly Rooms, Saltaire 2010, Inspired By Gallery, Danby 2012
  • Grassington Festival Open Exhibition 2008
  • Art in the Pen, Skipton 2007-2014
  • Brimham Rocks, The National Trust, Nidderdale 2007-2010
  • 'Tonic', Leeds General Infirmary 2007-2008
  • Salsa Posada, Harrogate 2006-2013
  • The Mercer Gallery Open Exhibition, Harrogate 2003