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Jane Sanders & Fred

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My name is JANE SANDERS and I am a textile artist. I do not have a traditional art studio; instead, I create all my pictures, using a sewing machine in my kitchen. I am used to working in a small space. Sometimes it can feel a bit cramped and chaotic, and this is not helped by my giant companion… FRED.

Fred is an enormous attention-seeking greyhound. He has been living with me for the last five years, during which time he has eaten cotton reels, pieces of fabric, a tray of plastic bobbins and an innumerable amount of pencils.

After the demise of my previous old dog, I was looking for a small replacement. Something along the lines of a Scottie or a little terrier; so, it is still a source of wonder as to how this long-legged idiot shoehorned himself into my life!

In a nutshell, I answered an advert where a whippet puppy needed rehoming, our eyes met, and I instantly fell in love with this nervy, skinny little scrap of a dog. The trouble was, he would not stop growing, and eventually ended up being a huge greyhound.

I must say, having Fred as an artist’s companion is never boring. A key part of my work is showing people the making process online, and he is extremely good at photobombing most pictures. A lot of my Instagram followers seem almost as enamored with Fred as they are with my art. In recent times I have been using Zoom at lot more, and he is also adept at sticking his big black nose just into camera shot.

 

Despite the pandemonium he causes, I am still glad I adopted him. He is good company, and there is nothing I enjoy more, after hours of intricate stitching, than a good long walk with him to clear my brain out. There is also the point that no one else would put up with his mischief!

My name is JANE SANDERS and I am a textile artist. I do not have a traditional art studio; instead, I create all my pictures, using a sewing machine in my kitchen. I am used to working in a small space. Sometimes it can feel a bit cramped and chaotic, and this is not helped by my giant companion… FRED.

Fred is an enormous attention-seeking greyhound. He has been living with me for the last five years, during which time he has eaten cotton reels, pieces of fabric, a tray of plastic bobbins and an innumerable amount of pencils.

After the demise of my previous old dog, I was looking for a small replacement. Something along the lines of a Scottie or a little terrier; so, it is still a source of wonder as to how this long-legged idiot shoehorned himself into my life!

In a nutshell, I answered an advert where a whippet puppy needed rehoming, our eyes met, and I instantly fell in love with this nervy, skinny little scrap of a dog. The trouble was, he would not stop growing, and eventually ended up being a huge greyhound.

I must say, having Fred as an artist’s companion is never boring. A key part of my work is showing people the making process online, and he is extremely good at photobombing most pictures. A lot of my Instagram followers seem almost as enamored with Fred as they are with my art. In recent times I have been using Zoom at lot more, and he is also adept at sticking his big black nose just into camera shot.

 

Despite the pandemonium he causes, I am still glad I adopted him. He is good company, and there is nothing I enjoy more, after hours of intricate stitching, than a good long walk with him to clear my brain out. There is also the point that no one else would put up with his mischief!