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About Jane Sanders

Jane Sanders is a textile artist in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Her sewn pictures depict iconic musicians from all genres.

Jane creates the work on a vintage sewing machine, and employs techniques such as applique, beading and embroidery.  She pushes the boundaries of stitched work by often sewing unconventional materials and adding mixed media. The resulting portraits present familiar faces in a whole new light. She is inspired by pop culture and the audiences love of their musical heroes


Jane started he art training at The Salisbury College of Art and Design, and completed it with a degree in Contemporary Arts Practice from Northumbria University. Since then she has practised art across many disciplines.

Her work has been included in many group shows, and Jane has also had three solo shows in the North East.

Jane’s portraits have been commissioned and purchased internationally and have featured widely in the media.  For example, in Mojo music magazine, Be Creative magazine, Grayson Perry’s Art Club, Channel 4, BBC Look North, The Daily Express and Talk Radio, to name but a few.

Jane has a portrait in the permanent collection of The Tenby Museum and Art Gallery. In 2022 she was shortlisted for the FATA (Fine Art Textiles Award).

As well as being commissioned by Tim Burgess’ Listening Party, Jane was a chosen artist by Trojan Records, to represent Lee Scratch Perry for Spotify.

Jane has enjoyed being a guest on numerous podcasts about contemporary textiles and has written many articles about the subject. Listen here to hear Jane talk to Mr X Stitch on NeedleXchange: https://youtu.be/2TmRqECUYKc?si=wchJ6tdDpnKmcWjK and Irina Shaar on Fiberchats: https://youtu.be/gqDMCMwtb7Q?si=RBudOiNdULfRscSt

The artist currently has a large portrait of Paul McCartney in The New Light Prize Exhibition, which launches in Merseyside in September 2023’ and will tour to 3 Northern galleries (Cumbria, Newcastle and Yorkshire), plus a week in Southbank, London throughout 2024. Please see New Light Art for details https://newlight-art.org.uk/prize-exhibition/prize-exhibition-tour-2023-24/

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