Jill Kennedy has over 25 years experience as a textile artist. She trained at Bristol and at Illinois University, US, in Art and Design. Jill taught Art and Textiles until she became a freelance artist specialising in Batik and Silk Painting.
Jill's freelance work has included a variety of exhibitions in the UK, Belgium and the US. She has featured in the textile area at Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxon for three years. She has lectured at many large shows including Olympia and Alexandra Palace. In 1999 she juried the Art show at the International Guild of Silk Painters in Washington, DC. She is a member of the Batik Guild and a member of the Guild of Silk Painters.
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Jill is the author of five silk and fabric painting books, two of which have been supported by the production of videos. Whilst three of her books went into reprint and the publishing rights sold to the US, she published the fifth book herself. She has also produced Kits for beginners in Silk Painting and Batik. Jill has written many articles for Art and Craft journals.
Jill runs her own workshops, including courses for teachers, masterclasses, day courses and courses on line. She creates ranges of hand painted silks, including sarongs, scarves, shawls, fabric lengths, banners, wall hangings, pictures and cards. Her design themes are mostly based on natural forms and she specialises in resist techniques.