Jane E. Dalton is a Professor of Art Education at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. She earned her Ph.D. in Expressive Arts in Education, and an M.F.A in Textile Design and Weaving. Jane is also a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator (REACE).
Creativity is at the heart of Jane’s work. As an educator, writer and researcher her interests include mindfulness, contemplative practice and transformative learning using the arts. Her teaching includes professional development workshops for K-12 teachers that combine mindfulness and expressive arts. She also prepares pre-service K-12 Art Education teachers and offers creative renewal workshops for adults and children.
A textile artist, her work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and can be found in private and corporate collections. She also maintains an on-going expressive arts practice.
Artistic explorations as a contemplative practice opens me to the complexity of my own experiences and enables me to make connections, offering deeply personal and rich interpretation. As are all humans, I am a creature of feeling as well as of thought and the visual journal offers a pathway for me to tend to my spirit and cultivate self-care.
Jane has participated in meditation, yoga, and contemplative practices for 30 years. When she is not teaching, Jane enjoys visual journaling, writing, poetry, creative movement or music. Through creative practice and reflection she aims to find beauty, everyday, in every moment that she can. She also maintains a fibers arts studio practice and enjoys the practice of slow stitching that fills a space in her life that calls out for solitude and calmness. Jane uses the line of thread to mark time and define emotions, coming to know things through the tactile interaction of skin and fabric.
“Life is art. Art is life. I never separate it.” Ai Weiwei
M.F.A Textile Design & Weaving
Rochester Institute of Technology
In an international community of creatives I explored the many facets of the expressive arts: visual, creative movement, music, drama and writing/poetry and discovered the discipline of helping and healing that uses the arts as its basis for discovery and change..
I took a beginning weaving class as an undergraduate and the passion took hold. Today I practice and teach a variety of “slow” textiles techniques:weaving, surface design, embroidery, spinning, and felting.
The expressive arts are about reclaiming our innate capacity as human beings to be creative. I applied to become a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator through the International Expressive Arts Association to support healing creative expression.