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Jan Towsley

Jan Towsley

Category: Visual Arts


After earning her BFA in Weaving and Textile Design at Rochester Institute of Technology's School for American Craftsmen, Jan Towsley opened her studio at Anderson Alley in 1989. While selling a number of utilitarian items, such as scarves, rugs and blankets, she has experimented and created art pieces woven of copper and brass wire. She uses a damask technique, which enables her to put complex images in the fabric before manipulating by shaping and heating. She also combines many fibers and metal in her work. Some of Ms. Towsley's larger commissions are located at Strong Memorial Hospital and The Summit of Brighton, Rochester, NY. Her work is also exhibited at the Oxford Gallery and she is professionally affiliated with the Weavers' Guild of Rochester. Ms. Towsley has been a long-time provider of workshop experiences in R-Centers through YA Rochester's partnership with the City of Rochester, and teaches weaving and fiber arts to students and adults of all ages.


Grades K-Adult
Single Class Size for Workshops
Length 45 minutes
Cost $143 for Single Workshop

Technical Requirements

Workshop supplies are provided by Ms. Towsley and included in her workshop fee. For Elementary age students, support teaching is mandatory in order to assist young, inexperienced hands with weaving experiences.



Overview of Programs

  Workshops, Residencies and After School Programs  
Weaving and Fiber Art Adventures: Patterned or Stitched
Students weave a colorful bookmark or bracelet using simple looms or plastic canvas, create their own designs. Projects are made using cotton or knitting yarns, and students have the choice of stitching a button or bead onto their completed project. (Grades K-12 and Adult)

Weaving and Fiber Art Adventures: Kumihimo Braiding
Students create a bookmark or bracelet using a Japanese braiding technique. Using seven pieces of cotton or knitting yarn on a cardboard disc, they will discover ways to make other projects. Traditional designs can inspire new ideas! (Grades K-12 and Adult)