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(posted on 4 Aug 2020)

Ever since I was a kid I found inspirational quotes so comforting, their wisdom and positivity appealing to my confused, introverted spirit - uncertain, inexperienced, and continually questing for profound truths and wise ways. My father would bring these small business diary booklets home from work filled with motivational poems and quotes, and I would pour over their pages, savoring the words, soaking up their faith and power to uplift, their message to persevere and try again despite the odds. For years I've been collecting the quotes that spoke to me, soothed my soul and given me guidance. I hope you find them as inspirational and thought-provoking as I have. The backdrop for each of these is one of my original artworks. Enjoy - there's more to come! 😃 

    

    

  

 

 

Russell, Manitoba is a beautiful town about 1.5 hours drive west and south of Dauphin.  A signature feature in this town is the Arches installation along Main Street, with the old wooden ones recently being replaced with metal.  About a year ago my design entries into the Russell Arches artwork competition were accepted for adorning 2 legs out of 24 on the steel arches running along Main Street in Russell. An artist friend living there shared with me the decorative plates were installed yesterday and sent me photos of the ones done from my designs! There were 24 decorative plates in total designed by Manitoba artists that are being installed and I can't wait to get to Russell and see all of them! Road trip plans are in the works!  Meantime here is a sneak peak at the installed versions of "Manitoba Pickerel" and "Bees and Flax" along with what the arches looked like last year without any decor.  A huge thank-you to all the folks involved in this project for choosing my designs and making them come alive!!

 

 

(posted on 25 May 2020)

So far there are seven facemask designs using my artwork are now available for purchase through LeGaleriste. A pack of 2 reusable face masks is $29. To order go to https://www.art-a-porter.com/en/jan.jenkins, first time users must log-in and set up an account.

Specs: Made for long term use (will resist to dozens of washes). Removable Nose Wire Included. Preshrunk (will not shrink when washed). Fitted to face (5 sizes; XS to XL. XS = children 36 yo, S = children 7 to 12 yo, M = average woman/teenager, L = average man or woman with generous head size, XL = man with generous head size). Double layer of heat-treated highly stretch poly interlock (100% Polyester). Made in Canada.  See below for sizing chart.

Artist information and COVID safety tips printed inside ("Wash and lay flat to dry before use. A mask alone - however well built - is not enough to protect you and your loved ones from COVID19. Wash your hands often. Keep your distance. And stay home as much as you can). Thank you for supporting local production & the art of Jan Jenkins!

Looking for a different design? Here's the link for more masks using other artists' artworks: https://www.art-a-porter.com/en/search?Keyword=UAC07 Thanks and stay safe out there!

 

     

   

 

(posted on 24 May 2020)

My AOW washable cotton-sateen Face Coverings - custom designed with my artwork on them - are here! AOW has them priced at $18.50 per facecover and $2.00 per package of 2 insertable filters (optional), plus shipping and taxes. Check them out at https://artofwhere.com/artists/jan-jenkins-river-west-artworks

Made from soft 100% cotton sateen, a great way to stay safe and stylish with these custom printed face coverings. They are designed to fit snuggly while you go about your life. Complete with a stainless steel nose piece, filter pocket and comfy fabric ear ties, these 200 thread count soft 100% cotton sateen face coverings are here to give you some peace of mind. Printed with permanent reactive inks, you can feel confident washing them over and over without fear of fading. PM2.5 insertable filters (scroll down for more info on the filters) can be purchased at the same time to complete your face-covering order. They are available in 3 youth and 4 adult sizes to suit a variety of face shapes (face covers should not be put on children under 2 years of age). Since AOW knows people are eager to put the face covers to good use, they will be fast-tracking face cover orders. They are aiming to have a 5 day turn around on them before shipping. How to measure: click on https://artofwhere.com/products/face-masks then scroll down to Information and select How To Measure.

About the insertable filters: PM2.5 filters filter out particles that are as small as 2.5 microns. Virus particles are even smaller than 2.5 microns. However by including a filter in your mask, whether it is a PM2.5 filter or another filter, you are adding extra layers of protection to your cloth face covering. Each of the PM2.5 filters are made of 5 layers of cloth, including two layers of meltblown cloth and one layer of activated carbon cloth to provide excellent filtration. Typically used to prevent the inhalation of air pollution particulates, PM2.5 can help increase effectiveness of non-medical face coverings.
PM2.5 filters are not equivalent to N95 masks. N95 masks capture 95% of airborne particles larger than 0.3 microns. PM2.5 filters capture particles matter larger than 2.5 microns. PM2.5 filters can be used continuously for 16-24 hours, or for 1-2 weeks when used occasionally. Sold in packages of 2. 

(posted on 26 Apr 2020)

Went online this morning to create a duvet cover and pillow cases using my Boho Twelve Design for my own bedroom... ended up down a rabbit hole and spent the day in another world creating 42 Boho Twelve products on my Art Of Where store including clothing, art prints and stationery! That was a lot of fun. Ok now back to reality!! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday everyone!  

    

(posted on 18 Apr 2020)

Happy Saturday everyone!! Today I created a Repeating Pattern example with how to instructions.  This will be included with other educational materials accompanying my "In The Wind" exhibition that will be touring Manitoba next year as part of Manitoba Art Networks touring exhibition program.  Rather than manually colouring this and creating the actual repeat pattern layout with printed paper pages, I did this digitally using Corel Paintshop Pro and Microsoft Publisher.  

 

 

(posted on 14 Apr 2020)

As an artist and an introvert these unusual times of physical distancing have had me a bit too unsettled to make effective use of the creative opportunities presented by this enforced solitude.  Putting my focus on actually creating new artwork has been extremely difficult, instead I have been up in my studio dealing with unfinished projects.  I need to get out and walk and now that I have some facemasks I am feeling more comfortable about doing so.  My lovely fabric artist friend Lesley in Woodstock, Ontario gifted me 4 of her delightful hand-made masks 2 with puffins and 2 with delicate ferns.

   

 

And clothing designer LeGaleriste created face masks from 2 of my artworks - Boho Seven and Timeless.  These come in different sizes so I've ordered samplers in a couple sizes.  If you are interested in taking a closer look at these, click here.

 

I am so appreciative of having my health while very sad hearing about all the folks who are not so fortunate.  It is hard to know how to act, think, react and cope in these uncertain times and my emotions continually swing between am I underreacting or am I overreacting? 

(posted on 14 Apr 2020)

Many things have changed in our world since my last post - physical distancing due to the covid-19 virus being the biggest.  I've spent a lot more time in my studio the last while, catching up on a number of things.  I've been meaning to say a big thank-you to Sandy Driscoll of Winnipeg for designing and supplying me with artcards in 2 sizes of five more of my zenworks! She made the whole experience a worry-free joy. The toughest part was deciding which of my artworks to use!  I've had these sitting in the closet for a while now, so I spent last week bagging and tagging the majority of them.  

      

For a more detailed image of these plus my other artcards click here.  Enjoy your day everyone!

(posted on 29 Nov 2019)

More wearable art by moi!  Legaleriste out of Montreal has chosen another couple of my artworks to fashion designer clothing.  In addition to Terra, there is now Atlantis Under Fire and Boho Seven.  It is always interesting to see how a designer interprets your artwork to create their fashions. Of course I've had to order a few items myself to check out the quality and I am really pleased with the look and feel of their product. The first 10 customers to place orders from my legaleriste wearable art store receive a 20% discount when using coupon code JJ06gift  Click here Jan Jenkins - Legaleriste to connect with my wearable art store at Legaleriste.

 

 Atlantis Under Fire  

(posted on 29 Nov 2019)

Earlier this month, on a beautiful crisp sunny day, we drove down to Souris, Manitoba - home of Lagasse's Studio of Fine Art - to chat with the store owner - my artist friend Kathleen, browse the delightful items she has on display from more than 80 Manitoba artists, such as this beautiful stained glass art.  We also provided Kathleen with more River West Artcards and switched out the artwork I had on display there.  The road conditions could not have been better, on the way home stopped in Brandon for a lovely lunch at another of my favorite places - Lady Of The Lake.  Check out this amazing mosaic art parked outside their establishment!

  

   

 

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