Consumed: The Basketry of Jane Whitten

24 November 2021
By Kim McBrien Evans
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At the beginning of 2021, Jane Whitten started creating Consumed, a tangible, three-dimensional bar graph constructed from materials gathered in her immediate environment—her single-person household. It is the latest in a body of work that combines her love of baskets, the wide range of textile skills she has developed, and her passion and concern for the environment, climate change and the effects of material waste in our world.

The first piece of Jane’s that I encountered in person was woven into the railings at the entrance of the Mary E. Black Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was a bright, colourful, unexpected encounter that drew me closer to investigate the materials and to learn that this work was made using plastics found on beaches nearby. This is how Jane Whitten’s basketry silently communicates with us, and engages us.

To learn more about Jane Whitten and her work,
visit her website or follow her on Facebook and Instagram,

Enjoy a photo gallery of the artist’s work at the end of the article.

All images courtesy of Jane Whitten.

About Kim McBrien Evans

Curiosity and exploration are the name of the game for Canadian knitwear designer and indie hand dyer, Kim McBrien Evans. A lifelong love of colour, texture, and pattern prompted Kim to transition from working artist to textile maven. Her knitwear designs are known for their ability to turn an abstract idea into a textile reality while simultaneously fitting and complimenting a wide range of bodies. This design work has lead her to explore how home sewers and knitters can create clothing that fits, while showing professional designers the beauty of inclusive design.Her yarn company, indigodragonfly, is renowned for its vibrant colours, offbeat names, and ever expanding plan for world domination. Her work has appeared in Vogue Knitting, Knitscene, Knit.Wear, Knitting Magazine (UK), A Stash of One’s Own (ed. Clara Parkes), The Sewcialists and Uppercase. She is co-author of Custom Shawls for the Curious and Creative Knitter.

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