The Journey Jacket by Jaynie Bloch

Jayni's completed Journey Jacket


Regular readers of this blog will be aware of the design exercise I created many years ago to help my students create original designs. I have taught The Journey exercise all over the world, and now with Zoom I am able to teach live workshops anywhere. I 'met' Janyi Bloch on a live Zoom workshop I was delivering for a textile group in Canada that she belonged to. It is amazing to be able to teach a group in real time, just in a different place. I know it will never replace face to face teaching, but it does save a long flight!!

It is always interesting to see what students develop after a workshop, and very occasionally, a student just blows your mind!! When I saw what Jayni had created from her Journey exercise, I knew I had to share it far and wide. With Jayni's permission of course.

Jayni's Journey exercise in her studio at home in Ontario.

2 sections from Jayni's Journey

Painting the design onto fabric and then free machine stitching

One of the fronts of the jacket

A detail of the jacket

The design on the fabric layers before being stitched

The front of the jacket in progress

The back of the jacket in progress

The finished jacket front

The jacket is beautifully lined

The jacket is lined with fabric printed with one of Jayni's watercolour paintings


I think you can understand why I was so excited when I saw this on Jayni's Facebook page. A beautiful Journey, that can be worn. The choice of the beautiful, digitally printing lining is just perfect. Neither the black and white or the colour are over shadowed by each other. It is a great balance.

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I hope you have enjoyed reading about this stunning piece of work.



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