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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.