I have been a member of the guild since 1982 and was President from 2005 to 2008. I have been quilting since 1974. My work now features contemporary art textile and quilt techniques such as indigo dyeing, Shibori, vintage Japanese fabrics, digitally manipulated and printed designs and fabric and free machine quilting.
I am a textile artist, teacher, author and quilt judge. I taught City & Guilds Patchwork & Quilting from 1994 - I tutor occasionally at the world renowned West Dean College, near Chichester and for Missenden School of Creative Arts and at Cowslip Workshops i. Launceston, Cornwall. I am in demand as a freelance tutor in the UK and abroad,
I hold several awards, The Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from The Festival of Quilts (Upper Street Events), The Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship for International Quilt Teachers (USA), The Amy Emms MBE award for services to quilt making, Honorary membership of QGBI and two Medals for Excellence from City & Guilds - 1993 as a learner for Patchwork & Quilting Part 1 and 2018 as a City & Guilds lecturer.
I was awarded, with Merit, a MA Textiles at the University of the Creative Arts (UCA) at Farnham, Surrey in October 2020 and currently have work in an online graduate show case and other work in an exhibition at The Embassy of Japan in the U.K. until 18th /December 2020.
Through my interest in Japanese textiles I became a textile expert on specialist Textile and Quilt holidays for Arena Travel in 2014, specialising particularly to Japan, although I also lead tours elsewhere in the world .
I am available to give talks for groups, shops and other organisations in person or virtually via platforms such as Zoom or Teams. At present I am only available to teach in person. I am now based in Region 7, having moved from London (Region 1) recently. I also provide mentoring and one to one teaching or to small groups.
For more details please see on my new website http://www.janicegunner.co.uk
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