Jancis Vaughan is a printmaker and visual artist based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. She is active in arts education, running workshops and after school art clubs at local primary schools and as an Arts Award Adviser supporting the participation of young people in the arts. She has exhibited locally and regionally and is a participating member of the Wrexham Regional Print Centre. Jancis is a member and trustee of the Visual Art Network based in Shrewsbury.
This work was inspired by my inheriting a large collection of hand crocheted doilies, exquisite objects which I associate with afternoon tea and elderly relatives, with the hedgerow flower cow parsley, with seedheads, jellyfish, ice crystals, ammonite fossils, microscopic sea plankton – their patterns mirror so much of the world around us.
As useful objects doilies are now redundant, and some of those life forms in nature that they remind me of are under threat from the changing climate; these works are about the beauty of an outdated domestic skill in the context of our fragile natural world.