"In this digital age we live in, we are so removed from how things are made or how they function. Handmade things are a direct human connection; knowable and understandable."
Jane Kidd is an internationally recognized tapestry weaver. She was on the faculty of the Alberta College of Art and Design for 34 years. She currently lives on Salt Spring Island in B.C. were she maintains an active studio practice.
Through the act of weaving, Jane Kidd, engages in a sensual process and employs a physical language to establish links with the viewer. She creates contemporary objects that convey a deep engagement with the natural world and draw our attention to our constantly renegotiated relationship with it.
Her tapestries have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada, The United States, Japan, Poland, Hungary and Australia and she has lectured extensively on her own work, contemporary tapestry and the value of disciplinary knowledge. She was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 2001 and was awarded the Alberta Craft Council Award of Excellence in 2008.
Jane Kidd, Curiosities Pairing 1, woven tapestry mounted on wooden shelf, 66.5 x 56 x 10 cm. Collection of the artist. Photo: John Cameron
Jane Kidd, Land Sentence: Zoo, 2012, woven tapestry, 99 x 200 cm. Collection: Salt Spring Island Public Library. Photo: Janet Dwyer