1. Who are you and where do you live?
I am Jan Holzbauer. I live just outside of Jennings, OK which is between Tulsa & Stillwater.
2. Tell us a little bit about your artistic journey and how you got started?
I have sewn since I was a little girl making my doll clothes, then graduated up to making my own clothes. I got started as a traditional quilter in 1986 when I made my first quilt for my 1st step-daughter when she turned 16 years old. Then the other three step kids got a quilt, my daughter has gotten several and now I’m working on grand kid #5. My art quilt journey started when I went back to college in 2006-2010 at OSU and finally talked my professors into letting me do my work in thread painting.
|Pinwheel BOM 1, c. Jan Holzbauer|
|Hadiya 1, c. Jan Holzbauer|
3. How do you describe your work?
I like to make representational art pieces using fabric and thread. I enjoy making portraits of people and animals. Mostly if you have a photo – I can thread paint it.
|Bruiser, c. Jan Holzbauer|
|Bruiser, detail, c. Jan Holzbauer|
4. Do you have any favorite techniques or approaches?
I love free motion thread painting. I don’t use a computer to digitize my pieces. Some call it free motion embroidery but it entails so much more than just embroidery.
5. What do you want to communicate with your work?
I like to make memories for people whether it is of a person, place or pet. To give them a special type of way to remember that special thing.
|Rod & Jackie, close up, c. Jan Holzbauer|
6. What methods, or lifestyle tips, or time management tips do you find helpful to producing work?
Get up from your work frequently; stretch; get something to drink; take a brief walk. Take a few steps back away from your work to get a different perspective.
|Black Bear, c. Jan Holzbauer|
7. What kind of studio/workspace do you have and what features of your surroundings are most helpful for your productivity/work?
When I am working on my longarm quilting machine it is in an upstairs room because that’s the only place it would fit. But I get my exercise going up and down stairs because I usually have something downstairs in my ‘regular’ sewing room that I need. Downstairs in my ‘regular’ sewing room is where I do most of my work. It is where I do my thread painting and painting on fabric. Although it sometimes feels a little crowded in my sewing room I like it because I know where everything is located and I try to keep it somewhat organized…although that doesn’t always work.
8. Which artists, other individuals or subjects currently inspire you?
I love Pam Holland’s work, Hollis Chatelain, Lura Schwarz Smith & Maria Elkins.
Thanks for sharing your work with us Jan!