Jane Kendall 1968-2018
It is with great sadness that Mike and the family share the news that Jane died in October 2018 from an aggressive pancreatic cancer diagnosed in the spring. Mike (husband) and Becky (best friend) are planning to continue the legacy of Jane's amazing work under the banner of 'Striped Pebble', using Jane's original lino-cut blocks and her ink recipes, printing and hand-finishing techniques which she passed on during the course of her illness. We will endeavour to keep Jane's spirit of experimentation and creativity alive by occasionally reimagining new ways of using the existing blocks, and playing with new colour and handmade paper combinations as well as recreating old favourites. The prints will no longer be signed.
This is what Jane last wrote about her working practice:
I live in Bristol, England, with Mike (husband), Ellen and Harper, (no longer kids) and Marvin, our most marvellous clumberdoodle.
How we began Striped Pebble
I painted portraits for several years and then along came kids. Priorities changed, acrylics were swapped for poster paints and things got messy. The house filled up with kids whose parents preferred clean carpets and we had a whole lot of very creative fun. When the time came to get back to work I was a bit lost and quite excited. The opportunity to start again, but what to do? Then, our next door neighbours chose lino flooring for their kitchen, one big pile of offcuts later my life began a whole new chapter.
Several years later
I am still cutting away at the lino and still loving every minute of it. I think I’m even getting quite good! Mike is still mostly in his office graphic designing and when he’s not blogging about living with type 1 diabetes at everydayupsanddowns.co.uk, he still finds time for some painting now and again. Ellen is studying to become a modelmaker and Harper is working on a graphic novel so watch out for their creations featuring on the website.
More recently, I have been joined by my lovely buddy Becky, who decided to give up her job to help us expand Striped Pebble. Becky is taking on lots of printing and together we are creating a new range of hand printed cards. We’ll keep you updated!
If you would like to ask anything, please get in touch.
Things that inspire us...
The sea; family; maps; words; buildings; pattern; light; colour; texture; fabric; good design; practicality; the kids; Vicky’s tiny celebrity hound (Dorcasdog); snow.
"The print is so beautiful! I wasn't quite sure what to expect since this was my first time ordering anything off etsy; I was just blown away with the quality. I ordered it as a Christmas present for my sister, so I was pleased with how quickly it was shipped out. It only took about 2 weeks to get to me in Canada." December 2015
"Beautiful, beautiful print. Arrived really quickly too- thank you so much!" October 2015
"Fantastic. Love the print very much. Now hanging on my wall and enjoying it everyday." May 2015
"The Lino cut prints have arrived, they are excellent - your work is so nice there is a lovely energy around them, we are very pleased indeed." July 2014
"Thanks so much, Jane, for the lovely prints which arrived on Tuesday. They are now at the framers and I'm really looking forward to hanging them in my home." August 2013
"Couldn't be happier! Absolutely LOVE it and it's even better than the picture and description. Beautifully packaged and extremely fast delivery. Also a little bio about the artist which is really nice too. Thank you.", November 2012
"Love my gorgeous lino print... thank you so much. Very happy!", August 2012
"Absolutely love this, so pretty. Great comms from seller. Delighted buyer! Thanks.", February 2012
"We bought the prints as presents for friends and they love them. Thank you.", February 2012
"Beautiful linocuts - friendly service and really prompt delivery - thankyou so much!", November 2011