“Fabric of Life” The phrase can evoke many things. Jane Stafford has been weaving for most of her life. She has been exploring the design of cloth – the structure, the graphic, and, of course, the colour – for over 35 years, and she sees no end to the joy of discovery. “One of the things I love about weaving is it appeals to so many different personalities – from the precise, analytical mind, that loves structure and order, all the way to the wild adventurer, in love with colour and expression – weaving works for everyone.”
Jane began weaving at the age of 21, purchasing a new Fanny with the help of a chattel mortgage on her Chevette. Before two years were up she was accepted as an under-qualified, but very ambitious student at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Two years later she was a teacher’s assistant there and, in a few more, an instructor herself.
In subsequent years, Jane has had the great fortune to be able to earn a living doing what she loves most, weaving, and sharing her passion for excellence in cloth. Jane has been both a production weaver and a workshop instructor, helping students reach their potential across the continent, for over 25 years. She is the instructor for certified Louet dealers in North America, and is the Diva in Louet’s instructional DVDs. It is no coincidence that Jane shares her name with Louet’s latest table loom. It is an acknowledgement both for years of contributions towards loom design in general, and for the “Jane” in particular. She was the recipient of the “Teacher of the Year” award for 2014 from Handwoven Magazine. Jane now teaches exclusively in her studio on beautiful Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.