About Us

JointWorks Studio is the dream of Jane & Tony Clark, a weaver and a furniture maker.  We both have thought about running our own business for a number of years, and in May 2010, finally made it happen in sunny Tasman.

Studio and Workshop
Jane
Tony

The Studio and workshop

The studio and workshop are situated in the idyllic village of Tasman.  The studio at the front is the original store for the area, and has had life as general store, a cafe and a pottery shop.

Studio Images

 

Jane

Artists Statement

”The yarns, the colours and the various weave structures and techniques come together, giving me inspiration, setting off my creative processes.’

Background

I learnt to weave from my mother Anne Field who is an author, teacher and travels to the UK and the United States to share her skills and experiences. I have been inspired and motivated by her from a young age.

Having left school in Christchurch I set off on a science career in Wellington and spent a lot of my spare time weaving. I started exhibiting in 2000 at local and national level with Creative Fibre NZ. I have been a member of the Port Nicholson Handweavers from 2001 and am currently a ‘friend’ of the group.

I joined the Professional Weavers’ Network of NZ in 2006 and have been in two of their major exhibitions ‘LightWaves’ 2008 and ‘A Common Thread’ 2008 and one at a local level ‘Living in a Material World’ 2009 .

In 2008 I was involved in weaving a scarf for Victoria University. They had processed the merino wool using nanotechnology and wanted to show a finished piece of fabric to potential buyers of this particular product. The project was challenging in that I had a very small amount of yarn and knowing the cost and what was involved meant that I only had one attempt at making it.

In 2009 I had a commission for a film company to do a length of fabric which had to have a very specific look. It involved a series of samples and working closely with their textile design department under tight time restraints. An immensely satisfying project which involved a lot of time and thought.

Current

I am now a fulltime weaver, and a partner in JointWorks Studio.  Eight months ago I moved with my husband from Wellington to Tasman village (between Motueka and Nelson) where we have set up ‘JointWorks Studio’.  In the studio, I have an AVL computer assisted 24 shaft 40 inch floor loom and a Mecchia 8 shaft 48 inch floor loom. On display is work that has been made on these two looms.                 

Membership

  • New Zealand Spinning Weaving & Woolcraft Society since 1999
  • Port Nicolson Weavers since 2001
  • Professional Weavers Network since 2006
  • Nelson Suter Art Society since 2011
  • FibreSpectrum since 2012

Exhibitions:   

  • Canterbury Exhibition                                                                          1999
  • Port Nicholson Handweavers exhibitions                                          2003-
  • Creative Fibre National exhibition                                                      2004 –
  • Professional Weavers Network – Lightwaves                                   2008
  • Professional Weavers Network – A Common Thread                     2008
  • Professional Weavers Network – Living in a Material World         2009
  • Fibre Spectrum – Expansion                                                               2011
  • Professional Weavers Network – Flight                                             2012

Commissions

  • Nano technology samples – Victoria University                                2008
  • Fabric for film                                                                                          2009

 

Tony

Tony began his furniture making journey in 2009, when he had trained at the Centre for Fine Woodworking.  This inspirational course resulted in the decision to take up the career of furniture maker.  Although new to furniture making, Tony came from a family of builders on his Dad’s side, and pattern making on his mother’s side.

Since 2010 Tony has been creating pieces for customers from the studio in Tasman.  Amoungst the pieces created are artist boxes, corner units, and outdoor furniture.

Membership

  • Nelson Guild of Woodworkers since 2010

Exhibitions:   

  • Centre for Fine Woodworking Exhibition                                          2009
  • Centre for Fine Woodworking Exhibition – 5 Year Review             2010
  • Fibre Spectrum – Expansion                                                               2011
  • Nelson Guild of Woodworkers Annual Exhibition                             2011
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5 thoughts on “About Us

  1. ann packer

    i’ll be in nelson from sunday to thursday researching for a new edition of crafty girls’ road trip and would love to call in. i’ll be staying at marahau and coming in to town each day to do an oral history recording so afternoons might be best.
    as my husband is interested in wood perhaps sunday afternoon would be best, though i also need to meet up with my OH subject in town so it may eb a fleeting visit then.

    researching for speech for port nic handweavers’ opening tonight. how good to come across you!

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  2. Tony Fisher

    Jane,

    What a great and creative Website yous two have got!! I am awed by the quality of work that yous are producing in you snug gallery complex.

    Congratulations.

    I see an e-mail from Anne Packer, a wonderful person. T

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  3. Margaret Urlich

    Thank you Jane for weaving a beautiful retro 70’s runner for our snug. It looks perfect with the Latham nikau pots in an orange/yellow/brown. The window seat has retro cushions- some from a seventies Japanese fabric table cloth- my sister made, and cushions in green velvet my mother made in the forties- featuring hand looped flowers in each corner. You are a very skilled weaver!
    I look forward to getting a soft merino scarf from you….

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  4. Dawn Talbot

    Hi Jane. I am trying to find out the title of the book that one of your mothers projects was published in. The project was a Surface Weave Vest and it was Project #5 on page 134. – 135. Anne talked first about spinning the yarn and then gave directions for a simple 4 shaft weave using her handspun yarn together with a fine commercial yarn. The designer of the vest was Sylvia Campbell. If you happen to know the answer to this puzzle I would be very appreciative.

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  5. Athena Ellis

    I am writing to enquire about your mother Anne Field. Would it be possible to get her details as we lost touch for some years now? Could you please tell her that I am Athena Ellis, wife of Michael Ellis her old school friend. 🙂

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