Jane Dimsey 1939 - 2017

Jane trained at Birmingham College of Art & Crafts in the late 1950's, specialising in Textile Design. After completing her Art Teacher's Diploma (ATD), she taught for 20 years at grammar schools in Tamworth and Sutton Coldfield. For a time, she was Head of Art, eventually going on to run a newly created Textile Design Department, where she was influential in creating the new curriculum for Textiles in secondary schools.

Her passion for teaching was not limited to schools, as over the years she has provided creative opportunities for many groups including the Townswomens' Guild, the Scouting Association and Birmingham Settlement (where the average age of the class was 87!) Jane also used her skills to support other activities such as scenery & costumes for drama productions and hugely successful carnival floats.

She worked as a volunteer artist with the National Trust at Killerton House in Devon for 12 years, where her contributions included educational worksheets, a 32ft dancing dragon puppet, extensive Victorian Christmas decorations and a 50ft mural depicting the house and grounds.

After retiring, Jane developed a new style of working in silk painting, quilting and embroidery, using natural forms as her principal inspiration.

Jane passed away peacefully on Sunday 14th May 2017 after a long illness.

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