Janey Moffatt is an arts educator and community artist who studied Art at West Dean College and English Literature at Leeds University. She fuses fine art with craft techniques for her work at The Craftimation Factory, an arts charity that she established with her mother in 2013.
Moffatt is an experimental textile artist who was deeply affected by her youth spent growing up in the Troubles of Northern Ireland. She explores conflict and oppression in her work; looking at how imbalances of power influence our relationships with ourselves, each other and the space we occupy. Moffatt uses motifs that echo the symbolism of her childhood; guns and the piercing eyes of Irish politicians feature often. Sometimes the exploration of contention is through a global lens of war; at others that of a deeply personal battle within the individual.
Moffatt’s work is informed by her study of literature and regularly features words and snippets of poetry. These are embroidered into textile and paper substrates that have been worked using a variety of techniques including natural dyeing, painting and printing. To address her concerns around sustainable practice, Moffatt uses mainly recycled and salvaged textiles; often these pieces have a story attached to them and she feels compelled to extract the infused meaning, usually to process and provide an understanding of the events of her own life.