Jan Omey joined the Whatcom Art Guild in the summer of 2018. Jan attended Western Washington University and taught and counseled in schools in Bellingham, Germany, and England. Her last five years in education were at WWU where she was at The Western Foundation. After she retired, Jan and her husband, Gene, spent summers in Bellingham and winters in Arizona for over twenty years.
Jan’s interest in the creative arts has been life-long. During her early years she dabbled in sewing, quilting, embroidery, stained glass, and brass rubbing (in England, including Westminster Abbey). While in Arizona her interests were expanded to include silver smithing, stone faceting and polishing, wire wrapping, dichroic glass pendants, and jewelry design. Next she discovered gourds and a new chapter began. Gourds provided the perfect medium to learn and perfect many new techniques. Those techniques include carving, wood burning, staining, painting, and weaving. The basketry is with reeds, fiber, beads, pine needles, waxed thread, and palm tree flower stems. Recently she has used “found” objects as a replacement for the gourds as a base for some of her baskets.