Jan Shenton is pathway leader for weave, BA (Hons) Textiles Innovation and Design and Co-ordinator for the Diploma in Professional Studies, the industrial training year offered as an additional qualification for students studying on the BA(Hons) Textiles: Innovation and Design course. The opportunities cover a broad variety of career options within the textiles and related industries. She has built relationships with many prestigious companies in the UK, USA, Europe, India and Australia, who cover a broad variety of career options within the textiles and related industries.
Jan is a practicing weaver who produces collections of woven designs for exhibition at the design trade fair ‘Indigo’ in Paris. Her designs are bought by manufacturers and design houses in America, Canada, Europe and Japan. Her clients are high profile companies and include Louis Vuitton, Donna Karan, Polo Ralph Lauren, Etro, Weave Corporation, American Pacific, Cone Jacquards, Custo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Diane Von Furstenberg, Etincelle Couture, and Lululemon. The designs are bought for their originality and appropriateness to trend predictors, and are translated into textiles for fashion or interior use. However the more experimental designs are often used as catalysts to stimulate development of new collections, and are valued for the unique use of colour, texture, structure and materials.
Jan has always encouraged and actively promoted liaison with industry through live projects, competitions, exhibitions and work placements for the students. Currently she is working with the Worshipful Company of Weavers who provide sponsorship for equipment, student bursaries and a graduate training scheme, Abercrombie and Fitch who recruit final year students for their design department in Ohio and on a live project with H&M for second year students. She also organises Loughborough's presence at New Designers in London.
SAC 631 Textiles: Innovation and Interaction
SAI 001 Industrial Training Placement: Diploma in Professional Studies
SAB 621 Materials, Processes and Conceptual Application
SAB 622 Sampling and Textile Manufacture
SAC 632 Final Project: Textiles Studio Practice
Jan has been commissioned by Laurence King Publishers to produce a book on weaving. It is a book that gives clear and concise instructions, that answers questions, and that encourages the reader to think beyond the rules and to question what opportunities there are and to have the confidence to try them.
Jan also continues to weave and to produce design collections for manufacture. The practical experimentation and investigation of yarns and fibres applied to simple and complex weave structures has always been a priority and a necessity to her continuing to be current and involved with both the textile industry and education. The outcomes of the projects are through exhibition at international textile design trade fairs such as ‘Indigo: Paris’ and through gallery exhibitions such as ‘TRIP’ at the Harley Gallery, and as part of the TRIP Symposium held at Loughborough University. Plans are underway to exhibit internationally in Helsinki and Japan. Future TRIP projects include a symposium investigating drawing, weaving and structure, with a touring exhibition planned for the UK and abroad.