After attending Art School in London I taught in high schools for many years before re-training as an Art pychotherapist. In this role I worked for six years in a hospice on the edge of the Lake District National Park in North West England. I initiated, set up and ran the Art Therapy service for patients and their families and the bereaved. As well as this I organized creative arts events including workshops in collaboration with therapeutic gardening; participatory arts projects; outdoor and environmental art therapy; projects with local schools and hospice patients; journaling and exhibitions. In addition, and more since leaving the hospice, is my own work, which is now mostly weaving and journal making. I also write, teach and run workshops.
Jaini Hadley Artists-in-Resident 2015
My time with hospice patients was a continual source of inspiration in my working life. In recent years my personal artwork has consisted mainly of weavings, both large scale wall-hangings and smaller woven pieces using twigs as the weaving frame. I also enjoy working in visual notebooks/work journals, both in preparation for the weavings and also on a wide variety of themes as 'stand-alone' pieces. My work tends to be based on emotional responses, sometimes to life-changing events or meaningful music, but are also often evocative of, and showing an affinity with, the land. I am inspired by a strong sense of place/space/sacred space.Travels and sojourns in special places provide the inspiration and motivation to create pieces that I hope get to the heart of the landscape.
Last updated: March 23, 2015