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About Jane

jane lindsey of Snapdragon

I am Jane Lindsey, a textile artist, gardener and writer living in rural Scotland.

My art is inspired by the world around me here in the Loch Lomond National Park where I have created a garden that teeters on the cusp of wildness. I am part of the slow stitching movement and I'm particularly interested in wild plants, natural dyes and by the history of textiles, folklore and things with stories to tell.

In our fast paced consumerist society, where people seem to be valued by what they buy rather than who they are, it is very easy to lose track of our roots, to become disconnected from the natural world around us.

It certainly happened to me.

In my 20s I worked as an art gallery curator at the University of Glasgow - my office was in a windowless basement, I rarely knew what the weather was like outside. In the Scottish winter, where the days shrink, I often only saw daylight at the weekends. I regularly felt anxious, overwhelmed, as though I didn't quite belong.

It wasn't until my 30s, when I became ill with a chronic auto immune disease that forced me to slow my life right down, that I learned to live with the rhythm of the natural seasons and connect back into the natural world.

I got back in touch with my joy in creativity, in living seasonally. I knew I was home.

Snapdragon Life is about helping you do the same - to learn about the natural world around you, to eat delicious and simple seasonal food, to grow flowers and vegetables, to reconnect with your creativity.

Every month I create a magazine especially for Studio Club Members. It is a journal of all the things that are their best here in rural Scotland - natural history, recipes, poetry and folklore woven together into a monthly guide. This is delivered to your inbox and is joined each week by my Tuesday letters. Each letter is different - some have videos of the garden, some tutorials, they are a glimpse into what is happening in the Studio and garden as we pass through the seasons of the year.

If you fancy joining me in exploring creativity there are e-courses on natural dyeing, freehand machine embroidery, and creating a garden. You can also buy your supplies and seeds and craft kits at a discounted rate.

 

 

 

The values that govern how I live and work are here.

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Thistledown is so beguiling. ⁠
The soft cream catching the light, waiting for goldfinches to alight. ⁠
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I’m heading to Hawarden today to join the lively people at @thegoodlifesoc and teach about foraged colour and dyeing socks with all kinds of plants. I’m hoping to be able to harvest some thistles as they give a particularly beautiful mustardy yellow.
Though I grew lots and lots of straw flowers for Christmas wreaths back when I had a proper commercial flower business,  it was only this year that I slowed down enough to really see them. ⁠
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I’d assumed that they wouldn’t be good for insects until fully out - flat dulled daisies, past the point of picking - but actually wasps seem to pollinate them when they are still tightly furled. ⁠
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This patch was wasp central for weeks. ⁠
A few butterflies flitted about, but mainly wasps⁠
I am somebody who needs distance to see a bigger picture. ⁠
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For the past couple of months I’ve been really struggling with where Snapdragon Life is, and how to get from here to where I want it to be. ⁠
I filled books and books with notes but was going round in circles - unable to commit to anything with the kind of conviction a small business needs. It was all too fuzzy somehow. ⁠
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Now I am away from the Studio. ⁠
Right in the middle of two weeks of walking and eating and photographing gardens and meeting friends and suddenly it is all much clearer. ⁠
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I now have 5 sentences written in my phone notes and a high clear soaring route to take. ⁠
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The multi talented @katgoldin took this photo of me in the Studio before I left - part of a photo shoot that took almost three years to actually schedule because I will do almost anything to avoid being in front of a camera.
Stained glass as the light gets cooler and the sun lower. ⁠
Bright dahlias arranged in the Studio window last week. ⁠
Earlier this week I saw great swathes of heleniums and dahlias in the potager at @walthamplace so rich amongst the teasels so next year I think I shall move some of the smaller flowered ones into the studio meadow to shine out amongst the grasses.
A couple of weeks ago someone told me that I have too many photos of cats and not enough of dogs.⁠⁠
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So here is Dixie, the Studio Dog, in her chair.⁠⁠
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Bored . . . . bored . . . bored
My dye cupboard in the Studio. ⁠⁠
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Jars of mordants and modifiers and dried plants.⁠⁠
Scraps of fabrics, too beautiful to throw out.⁠⁠
Skeins of yarn waiting to be washed.⁠⁠
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A place of infinite possibility.⁠⁠
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The lacy scarf hanging on the door is a pale yellow version of my Winter waves pattern which will be in the Seasonal Studio journal when it is published in December.⁠⁠
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It is such a lovely simple rhythmic pattern that I've packed a ball of alpaca/linen yarn - dyed a steely grey with tansy and iron - and taken it with me as my road trip knitting.⁠⁠
I'm not a naturally organised person. I am also very messy and the Studio table tends to get cleared in random waves of orderliness.⁠⁠
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Sadly this orderliness doesn't include actually being orderly, there is a lot of the
Euan and I have been sleeping in the airstream, officially as a glitch spotting exercise but actually because it is very relaxing.⁠⁠
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I wrote about it in my Tuesday letter to Studio Club members this week.  The lure of the tiny house.⁠⁠
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One of the interesting things is that you can see the Studio window, with its frothy pinks, from the other side.
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About Snapdragon Life

At Snapdragon Life I gently guide you through bringing the changing seasons into your daily life, helping you slow down, so that you can experience increased well being, calm and creativity.

 

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