Getting to know…Jan Olive

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Our fabulous trader Jan Olive joined The Emporium in 2016 with her soft furnishings made from hand-painted and printed fabrics.

She has been a painter for many years but went on to become more interested in design. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Interiors Textile and Surface Design.

We recently shared a cuppa with her and had a quick catch up to find out more.

Whats your favourite daytime drink, tea or coffee or do you prefer something else?

I love coffee, I’m sub-human without it!

What do you enjoy most about making/creating/what you do?

I love researching a theme, illustrating it and then turning my drawings into repeating patterns, which I use to create my soft furnishings. I try and make every piece unique by using my own photography and print-making techniques.

Name one thing you couldnt live without and why?

My family and my crazy, wonderful friends.  Am I allowed two things?

What is the most important tool to help you when youre crafting/creating/working?

An eraser. I draw in pencil then go over my sketches with a black pen. Rubbing out the pencil always makes me look like a super-talented illustrator!

If money was no object, where in the world would you most like to go?

Antarctic for me would be a real adventure.  It is so remote, so beautiful and, of course, the penguins!

In a normal week, how much time do you spend making/crafting/working in your business?

Most of the time.  If you are a creative person, you never stop thinking about it. It’s like having a thousand tabs open, all the time!

When youre not working what else do you like to do?

I enjoy travel, food, time with friends and visiting London. I was born there and often feel it’s pull. There is always something to see in the galleries, museums and on the streets.  I walk for miles and come home exhausted but uplifted and inspired.


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