Mary Jane Sneyd

Fabric portraiture,
nudes & artworks

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I am a doctor and scientist, and since 2014, a self-taught textile artist. I am particularly interested in the portrayal of the human form and all parts of the human body, including its organs and cellular structure. In 2014 after discovering Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) online, I began an exploration into portraiture and nudes from textiles. I particularly enjoy playing with colour, pattern and value and relish the challenge of constructing the human form in a monochromatic palette of textiles.

I take inspiration from words and books but most of my subject matter comes from historical and contemporary family photographs. I like to add more layers of meaning or alter the arrangement and context of the original pictures to tell a new story. More recently I have branched out into social commentary, again usually based on the human figure. My work has also encompassed Greek mythology and sculpture, and the occasional animal.

The unifying threads in my works are the style and techniques used. Although the details of the techniques used change from piece to piece, the majority is made in a realistic collage style in fabric. I predominantly use commercial cotton fabric, batiks and recycled clothing, with an occasional line of pencil or dot of paint for tiny details: no digital printing is used.

I welcome commissions. Please feel free to email me at to discuss commissioning a fabric portrait, nude or collage of hands.