UK-based artist Jane Perkins calls herself a “re-maker,” taking inspiration from found objects and turning them into something new.
Although her background is in textiles, she predominantly uses plastic bits from broken toys, buttons, beads, shells, jewelry, etc. to create colorful Classic and Old Master artworks with a contemporary twist.
From childhood, Jane always enjoyed being creative, but took some detours before pursuing art. “From school, I trained as a nurse and was a Ward Sister for 7 years. After 17 years as a nurse and 10 more as a full time mother, I decided it was time to develop my creative potential,” she shares. “In 2006, I took a degree in Textiles, and during my final year I became fascinated with festival headdresses from Equador, which started my desire to work with found objects. I really enjoy using materials which have a history, and love art with an element of fun and the unexpected.”
Using the items exactly as they are found, Jane doesn’t add any color to the canvas or to the objects. When she first started working with these alternative materials, she could be found scouring second-hand shops and recycling centers in search of supplies, but once her neighbors caught word of her work, they started to leave their trash on her doorstep. Now that’s neighborly love!
Jane’s award-winning work has been exhibited around the world. Here are just a few of her amazing pieces… be sure to look closely.