I started life in North Norfolk on a farm with my Mum, as I was born during WW2 so I had lots of time on my own to draw, paint, knit, sew and play with my few precious dolls and handmade dolls house. I always loved making art and craft of all kinds.
I was making all my own clothes as a teenager and my own children’s clothes as a young mum.
In my twenties I worked for a variety of companies in central London – as a photographers assistant, Pattern cutter for Angel’s theatrical costumiers, and for the Fashion Print company WonderWorkshop.
In my thirties I went to Walthamstow Art School to study Fashion/Textiles and specialised in Knitwear. On leaving I worked for Park and Wariner, a couture knitwear company before setting up designing and selling my own range of knitwear label as Jan Horrox. The knitwear company was my fulltime career for 30 years and gave me many enjoyable experiences and friendships. This was all pre-digital which was all much simpler!
About 12 years ago ( 2005) I discovered cloth dolls at an exhibition and decided to make a change. So I launched into cloth doll making and was lucky enough to be asked by Search Press to write my two books ‘An Introduction to making Cloth Dolls’ and ‘Making Fantasy Cloth dolls’. Since then I have been captivated by cloth dolls – most of all I love the textile element and that every doll is unique.
I hope you will find as much pleasure as I do in making them.
Jan now runs her business from her current workshop from her garden studio in Manor House Road, Glastonbury. BA6 9DF.