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Jean Spence
Jean Spence

Textiles, lino printing. painting.

I have always been interested in the arts, but it was not until I joined Edan in 2008 that I began to consider seriously how I might develop my own creative practice. Previously, as a youth and community work practitioner and teacher I had been involved in community arts, and I continue to be interested in the potential of the arts within informal education and community development work.

I joined Edan in 2008 on the basis of my interest in creative writing and photography, but my contact with other Edan artists encouraged me to think about how I might use other skills and interests more creatively. These included everything from the knitting and embroidery I learned as a child, through my interest in local landscape and wild flowers, to my knowledge of historical and social research methods.

Through Edan I have also learned to use other media such as calligraphy, collage and lino printing. I have become particularly interested in Lino printing and textiles.

Art for me is primarily a means of communicating and connecting with others. I want my finished pieces to say something about how I see and understand the world. I want them to include ideas and perhaps contain different layers of meaning, but I don’t want the work to be difficult or obscure. It makes me happy if the viewer identifies with what I have done and I am especially happy if some reflection and conversation emerges from that. ​

More of Jean's work can be found at

Myrtle MacPherson: Vane Tempest Vigil 1993
Ghost hedge
Bath Terrace
Noses Point 1
By Beacon Hill
Into The Light
From the Atlantic
Blast Top Morning
Blasted and Worn
Rock Pool
Ryhope Stack
Golden Seams
Blast Top
Five sisters Vessel 2
Old and New
Coping with Lockdown
The Fall
Noses Point 2
Holding it Together
Catching Dawn
Blandford Place
A Memory
Blast History's Witness
First House in Seaham Golden Lion
Rocky's World. Lino print
Twisted Seams
Mend our broken threads
Solstice Sunrise
Lord of the Seas
Sky Moon
Five sisters Vessel 4
Woolies Best
St Johns Church
The ancients
Mag Lime Rocks
Sea Coal
Noses Point from Nanny Goat's Path
Blast Pool
Cast Adrift
Under the Sea 1
7th Wave
Yesterday's edge
At the Edge of Time
Five sisters Vessel 3
The five sisters
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