Janice Gunner MSDC

Janice Gunner is textile artist, quilter and author. She learned how to embroider at the age of 5, made her own clothes from the age of 10, has been quilting for 44 years and has spent almost 30 years of those teaching patchwork & quilting, including 23 years teaching City & Guilds courses.

Janice taught for 18 years in adult education as a tutor for mainstream and special needs students. She was an internal verifier for C & G levels 1,2 and 3 courses and instigated the first C ∓ G Creative Studies in Textiles courses to be provided by London Borough of Waltham Forest and is a qualified teacher.

Due to increasing demand in the private sector and overseas she left local authority teaching to pursue a new career as a freelance teacher and course leader. She has since lectured and taught workshops nationally and internationally, including at the prestigious West Dean College, West Sussex. Since 2008 Janice has continued her C & G teaching through her very successful micro-centre Stitch2Create.

Janice was an advisor to Creative Exhibitions during the planning stages of The Festival of Quilts and is a former president of The Quilters Guild of the British Isles. She holds C & G Part 1 with 1st prize and medal for excellence, C & G Part 2 and the Diploma in Stitched Textiles (Windsor).

She was awarded the Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship for International Teachers by IQF Houston in 1999 and The Amy Emms MBE award for services to Quilting in 2008.

Janice is a Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and has written two books: Shibori for Textile Artists and Liberating Log Cabin.

Janice is also one of the team of textile experts for Arena Travel, teaching and accompanying travelers on trips to Japan, USA, UK and mainland Europe.

Janice Gunner at Kinkakuji Temple:
Leading a patchwork and quilting tour of Japan, January 2014