Hi there! Thanks for stopping by!
Who am I?
My name is Janine Reid. I have been a maker and creator all my life -- name a craft and I have done it. From calligraphy and macrame to felting wool on silk, to paper painting collages -- I have tried them all! I have taken courses in person and online in drawing, painting, felting, printmaking, mixed media, and watercolour. I have given courses in felting and paper collage. I have learned from experimentation and play.
In my previous life I was a primary teacher, educator, published author and education consultant. I worked in Northern BC, Jamaica WI, Vancouver School Board and Simon Fraser University. I am a mother of 3 and grandmother of 4 wonderful kids.
Since retirement I have been a founder and force of enthusiasm behind the Royal City Gogos, a group of 55 grandmothers and grandothers in New Westminster BC who fundraise for the Stephen Lewis Foundation's Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. The SLF partners with community-based projects in 15 African countries in solidarity with African grandmothers caring for children orphaned by AIDS. Partial proceeds from the sale of my paper paintings and all of the art cards are donated to the Grandmothers Campaign.
My work is vibrant and often whimsical. It is naive and hopefully captures some of the spontaneity of young children's work.
Papers are printed or hand painted using plain and patterned papers, stencils, a jelly plate, sponges, brushes and acrylic paint. The papers are then torn or cut into shapes to form a design. I lay the design out on a board and play with it until it pleases me. I use Mod Podge to seal the papers to a primed cradled panel. Finally I embellish the designs with pens, more paint, more stencils to finish. Some are coated in resin. The process is loads of fun but it sure makes a mess!
Classes on request...
Join me! I teach classes in both paper painting and nuno felting. If you are interested contact me on this website and I will put you on a mailing list.