Jan Friedman has been weaving since 1974 and received an BA in Art Education and an M.A. In Textile Design from the University of Iowa. She has conducted workshops in weaving, color and dyeing for craft guilds throughout the United States, as well as at the Penland School of Crafts, Convergence, and MW, SW, NE, and NW Weavers’ Conferences.
Her tapestries and framed collage pieces have been featured in numerous invitational and juried exhibits and have been commissioned for both private homes and corporate collections. Jan uses a variety of materials, such as silk, rayon, and wool. A majority of these materials is hand-dyed in order to control the key element of color. Nature is a constant reference in Jan’s work. She wants to entice the viewer and elicit a response, whether it is spiritual, emotional, or curiosity about content and techniques.