Jane Bear

Jane particularly enjoys working with textiles, first knitting then weaving. Then Jane discovered felting about 20 years ago, back then it was something she did one week a year when she left the family, farm and her job as a midwife. When Jane left paid work a number of lucky coincidences happened, the Certificate 3 Visual Arts Textile SW TAFE,  Lavers Hill with Sue Ferrari was about to start, an exciting prospect. Earlier Jane had started studying at the College of Textiles, Pascoe vale, but life got in the way and the family moved to Maryborough.  The other lucky coincidence was she was offered  a place in a working studio with 3 other textile artists in Cororooke.

Currently Jane is having fun exploring 3D felted objects with various surface designs.

Jane’s present body of work- Microbes Within – she has explored a range of techneques using microbes as her inspiration. Microbes are found everywhere, they are within us and outside us, on the ground we walk and the air we breath. They are necessary for our very survival, but they can happily exist without us.


Professional Development –

2018 Diploma Visual Arts Textiles SWTAFE – Lavers Hill/Colac

2015 completed Cert 3 Visual Arts Textiles SWTAFE Lavers Hill

Workshops – Anita Larkin, Fiona Duthie,  Pam deGroot, Pam Hovel, Joke van Zinderen, Ilka White, Katherine O’Leary, Pam McGregor, Katia Mokeyeva

Exhibited at-

2018 – End of Year Diploma Exhibition SWTAFE – Warrnambool Art Gallery

              26 Wednesdays, Studio 92, Group Show

              Journey at COPACC – CrossXpollinatioN

              Journey at RRRTAG – CrossXpollinatioN

              Debs Enlighten Me- Birrugurra – collaborative workshops

2017    Miniscule – RRRTAG

              End of Year Diploma Exhibition SWTAFE – Warrnambool Art Gallery

              Continuous – Arts Inc. Apollo Bay – group show

               Flight Cape, Beeac Window Space

               Flight at RRRTAG – CrossXpollinatioN – winner of the Scissor Award

               Flight at COPAC – CrossXpollinatioN – collaborative work.

               SKJI -Port Campbell Community Art Space – Group show

2016     End of Year Diploma Exhibition WAG 2

                Strands – Arts Inc. Apollo Bay

                Fletcher Jones Garden Party- Outfit 2016 collaborative with Sue Tate and Irene Pagram

                Committed –  Red Rock Regional Gallery

                Entwined 16 – Red Rock Regional Gallery

                 CUT – garments without patterns – Backspace, Ballarat -Belladonna Belle a fun and challenging collaboration with fellow students, Irene Pagram and Sue Tate. Belladonna Belle also shown at the Contemporary Textile Award at Buda and was Highly Commended, Student Encouragement Award.

Guest Tutor – U3A, Colac Community House and Colac Youth Hub and Beeac Window Space.

Fun with Felt
Felt Explorations for the fun of it

Contact Details

Contact Name: Jane Bear

Email address: janebear@live.com.au


Colac Victoria, Australia

Jane Bear

Colac Victoria, Australia

Fun with Felt

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Membership of Organisations

Victorian Felters Association
International Felters Association
Regional Arts Victoria
Colac Otway Arts Trail - POP UP Art Space - Makers Space