BIOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION Janice Sullivan graduated with a BA in Textiles from Boston University and Massachusetts College of Art with a Masters in Art Education. She lived in San Francisco from 1982 - 2005, teaching classes in Weaving and Surface Design and exhibiting her work both locally and nationally. She has taught at City College of San Francisco since 1995, as well San Francisco State University and College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg, CA. In her thirty five year study of loom manipulated, multi-tensioned double weave, she has pioneered a new approach to sculptural textiles. Her work also incorporates painting, printing, stitching and dyeing techniques. It is represented in many corporate and private collections across the country including several Kaiser-Permanente Medical Centers, Moody’s Investment Services, Quantum Corporation, Summit Medical Center & Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital. After living in San Francisco for 23 years, Janice Sullivan moved to the Mendocino area in 2005.
Weaving more than 30 years, sculptural textiles were my focus . With a migration from the city to the country the imagery in my work has changed. The weavings have become woven canvases. Photographing and mapping my daily walks have provided me with sources of information and inspiration, in composing new landscapes. My “earth maps” are a synthesis of abstract and recognizable images. Weaving my canvas allows me to explore, a variety of materials in conjunction with complex multi-patterned weave structures. Once the canvas is fabricated, a juxtaposition of surface texture is established. The cloth is painted, printed, and stitched to create a rich layered surface of imagery. By exploring reflective material in conjunction with manipulated surfaces, constantly changing colors are created in these light reflective textures. I hope these fabrics transport the viewer to a place they may be familiar with in memory or imagination. Continuing to explore the structural elements of loom controlled manipulated surfaces, I have turned to fashion. By producing a line of shawls and scarves, these fabrics continue to explore my sculptural ideas in textiles that are fashion conscious. The ideas that began as sculptural relief for the wall have become adornment for the body. My work in drawing and painting has translated into complex woven canvases.