Textile Wildlife Artist Janine Heschl shares her life in fabric and threads. Janine creates photo realistic portraits of animals using free-motion machine embroidery. She has an exceptional eye for detail, light, colour and texture. And even more amazing, Janine is entirely self-taught. This is a fabulous story!
Along with the beautiful portraits runs a deep passion for nature, wildlife and our world. With her needle, Janine speaks out for creatures that can’t speak for themselves, and uses the powerful emotions raided by art to raise awareness of the crisis our natural world faces.
Susan Weeks chats with Janine Heschl about:
- Organising an exhibition for Jane Goodall Institute
- Creating the ‘Wounda’ chimpanzee portrait for Jane Goodall Institute fundraising
- Can we try too hard to create perfection?
- Connecting humans and nature with thread
- Why Janine bought a sewing machine, and what happened next!
- Do what you love everyday
- Selecting thread colours
- Reaching emotions and inspiring action through art
- The secret to stitching realistic hair and fur
- Failure should be embraced, particularly by artists
- The challenge of making yourself ‘do’ art
And so much more!
Call For Art: https://janegoodall.at/call-for-art-ivism_en/
Other links & people mentioned:
The Story of Wounda The Chimpanzee http://news.janegoodall.org/2017/11/21/tchimpounga-chimpanzee-of-the-month-wounda/
United Nations Global Assessment Report https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/06/human-society-under-urgent-threat-loss-earth-natural-life-un-report