I was born in Hastings and have the sea in my veins. Most of my art training took place within sight and sound of the sea and so it is no surprise that I return time and time again to the many faces of water, the creatures within it and the little towns that grow up around it.

I began my training at Hastings Art School, discovered weaving at Eastbourne, went on to Winchester to learn fabric printing and gained a B.A. Degree in Woven Textiles at Leicester (De Montfort).

I then got married, had two daughters, qualified as a teacher and continued in the education of children with special needs until we moved to Reigate for my husband’s job.

Art took a back seat for many years as I fell in love with special needs teaching, taking a Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia). I dabbled with water colours and acrylics in my spare time, enjoying the mediums but not taking myself seriously. However, I eventually went to a specialist school for children with dyslexia and after a year took on the task of creating an art department, a task I enjoyed so much that the sleeping artist in me woke up.

On my retirement I decided to really concentrate on painting and also teaching art to some of my lovely WI ladies. Their enthusiasm and encouragement spurred me on to widen my subject and medium range. I joined the Embroiderers Guild where I learnt new techniques in sewing, even buying my first sewing machine, and also increased my knowledge of processes whereby fabric can be manipulated and become ‘fine art’. I now see the world with art, fabric and stitch in mind and for the first time in my life I feel fully liberated as an artist.

I hope you enjoy my pieces, some old, some new and that you too will see the world through new eyes.



Kind regards

Jane Hayward

My studio

 I sell cards, prints, originals, textiles, tiles, gifts from £5.00 to £20.00