About Jann French
|I have worked as a film editor, potter, sculptor, carpenter, teacher,
painter and decorator, cleaner, SCUBA instructor, arts administrator, shop co-ordinator,
event organiser, manager and book keeper. I have volunteered on
committees, at co-ops, music festivals and organic farms. Born in
England, I've also lived in South Africa and Australia.|
I feel best when I live as close to natural as possible. I like my food organic and unprocessed; and my feet flat on the ground. I love the far away great outdoors as well as the culture of societies and cities. I'm happy alone or engaged with others. I've sailed the South Atlantic, safari-ed in Africa, cycled round the corner... :)
I've had leadership roles and worker bee positions. I enjoy variety and contrast because it’s interesting, enlightening, uplifting and humbling.
I am in awe of how perfectly clever and unique life, nature and the planet is. Nature to me is God - the most amazing thing; that I feel strongly about preserving for all the noble reasons imaginable, some selfish ones and because nature really is just so groovy. Ho yes... I admit to being a bit of a clumsy idealist with a high value system.
I have trained in art from my earliest infant school days. I can paint and draw just fine but my real gifts lie with things 3-dimensional. Therefore first and foremost I consider myself a maker despite all the other jobs I've ever had (all artists need a day job sometimes). Traditional crafts and trades blow my hair back. I swoon at things well-made. Especially those consciously well-made AND hand-made, as they can radiate so much more than stuff mass produced: more charm, heart, strength, usefulness, quality, intelligence, beauty, individuality, rough edges, maker’s marks… etc. I find such things more lovely and, more importantly, more comfortable to live with.
My other businesses are sustainable, nutrient dense, healthy food; and film editing: I'm 1/2 of OPK Editing. OPK stands for old people kissing. We cut weddings, contemporary ceremonies and community positive projects that interest us.
I also work part time at my local organic food co-operative.
Latest goals: in lieu of being able to save the world immediately or even conquer my Things to Do list… are to see my parents through their old age, relearn to simplify and unplug again, enjoy the loving and keep learning NVC.
Sep 95 - Jul 98 University of Westminster: UK (one semester at Betzalel, Jerusalem)
- BA (Hons) Workshop Ceramics (First class pass)
Aug 90 PADI Medic First Aid Instructor: UK
Aug 89 PADI Scuba Instructor: UK
Jan 79 - Dec 80 The Johannesburg High School for Art, Ballet and Music: South Africa
- Matric in English, Afrikaans, Art, Biology, Sculpture, Painting
Currently Self Employed Artisan
Shop Coordinator - Alfalfa House Organic Food Co-Operative
Sept 06 - Feb 09 Volunteering, Travelling and Making Moccasins
08 - May 08 WWOOF (Willing
Workers on Organic Farms) volunteer: Queensland & New South Wales
07 - Jan 08 Assistant Market
Stalls Administration/‘Bump-in’ Officer: Woodford Folk Festival: Queensland
06 - date Shop &
Administrative Volunteer: Alfalfa House,
Organic Food Co-Operative: Sydney
Feb 81 - Apr 08 Paid Work:
Nov 13 - date Casual Shop Coordinator - Alfalfa House Organic Food Co-Operative
06 - Nov 06 Temporary bookkeeper: Alfalfa
Organic Food Co-Operative: Sydney
99 - Apr 08 Teacher (2nd
job): of Pottery, Firing, Basket Weaving, Bookbinding
00 - Sep 06 Centre Manager:
Centrehouse Community Art and Leisure Learning Centre: Sydney
99 - Oct 00 Administrative
Council for the Arts: Sydney
95 - May 95 Sound Editor:
Photoplay Productions: London
Sep 89 - Mar 93 PADI Scuba Instructor (Casual, in spare time)
89 - Jan 95 Assistant Film
Editor/Sound Editor: BBC: London
87 - Dec 88 Proprietor/Film
Editor: French Post Productions CC: Johannesburg
81 - Feb 87 Film Editor: James
Garrett and Partners: Johannesburg
Feb 81 - May 81 Stencilling Artist: Buffalo Sign Company (screen printers): Johannesburg
Art, design, fashion, music, architecture, fun, film, science, nature, sustainability, ethics, organics, yoga, Pilates, Vipassana meditation, raw food, walking, camping, sailing, snorkelling, exploring, reading, knitting, crochet, sewing.
May 06 Sydney Teapot Show, Honourable Mention
Sep 98 Citizenship Award, Lane Cove Council, Sydney
April 94 The RMJM Art for Building Award for Ceramic Sculpture, London
Sep 02 Frances Martin Award for Sculpture, London
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