Jill Carter’s quirky, dark and engaging multi-media diverse practice invites us to consider the notion of identity. Her figurative one-off artworks include intuitively developed stitched dolls and scrolls, collagraph and monoprints, photographs, drawings and text. Narratives are explored in contemporary storytelling installations include collections of books, bags, boxes and bundles of created, gathered and gifted objects and offerings.
A background in Fine Art, health and education, she specialises in social engagement, artist in residency projects, exhibitions, installations and workshops. Interested in how art can transform well-being, she brings to her teaching practice a generosity of sharing, promoting creative exchange, inviting us to enjoy using a rich myriad of collected and found objects and materials, to unearth our own unique stories, exploring hopes, dreams and aspirations. “You can make art out of anything” it was said, of her stitched, wrapped and bundled totemic healing dolls, miniature collections of odds and bobs filled troves, drawings, textiles, prints, storybooks and journals.
Interested in people and place, everyday events and rituals, she draws on folk art, and sacred traditions from world cultures. Her love of mindful, less than perfect making, exploring curious narratives, enable us to develop rich, quirky and engaging storytelling artworks, unearthing potential, enthusiasm, confidence, imagination and endless creative possibilities.
Jill is an warm-hearted and relaxed tutor, with a background in health, education and experienced in social engagement practice. She regularly also runs commissioned workshops at museums, creative agencies and mentoring sessions.
After many years in participatory arts, Jill was inspired to stay at home “and badly stitch” the resulting textile storytelling book Dreaming & Stitching. Selected for Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Drawn, 2013, she was subsequently awarded a residency, exhibition and travel bursary to Italy, which took her in search of the Sybils, mythological women storytellers. She also sought and gained full Arts Council funding, for Curious Narratives 2014, an artist-led year long travelling project, which culminated with her residency at Lacock Abbey, in partnership with National Trust, Wiltshire, where she enjoyed being installed as a sociable hermit. Subsequent exhibitions of one off artworks, include solo show Things we Take with Us, 2015, at the Museum in the Park, as part of the SIT/SELECT, Stroud. She is a regular exhibitor at the RWA Bristol, is now a Network Member. She has recently been developing her love of printing and her works have been shown as part of National Original Print Exhibition, London. Her collagraph plate The Oracle selected as part of the Royal Academy, London, Summer Exhibition, 2016.