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Outsider Art | Jane Runyeon | Biography
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Jane’s great-grandmother Lilly McCallan was an extremely talented seamstress, who could study an evening gown in a shop window and come home to replicate it for her grand- daughter, my mother. They collaborated often making exquisite beaded dresses, full-length tailored coats and evening bags for family and friends. Some of their creations are still being worn! Her love of fabric and buttons is directly tied to her mother’s love of stylish clothing. It’s a Jane began as a pet project after collecting vintage baubles 20 plus years ago. It has grown into a full line of themed button bracelets.

Jane went to college at Indiana University, Bloomington, where she studied Fine Art, and astronomy. She then went to the Rhode Island School of Design to focus on collage and 3D. Following the completion of her MFA at the University of Cincinnati Runyeon become an art professor first at the University of Colorado, Denver, and later at Albright College in her hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania.

In the studio, Jane works in several media. Some include her collages, stained glass, her abstract landscape and seascape canvases and the more whimsical mixed media series loosely titled Dream Keys In 1998, Runyeon founded All Together Art, Inc. a collaborative resource for contemporary art and design. Recently she has been working on a full collection of It’s a Jane button bracelets with titles like The Carnival, Down by the Sea and Purple Rain. Runyeon’s primary studio is in the Fairy Silk Mill, a renovated historic warehouse in Reading, Pennsylvania. She lives in a cottage in the woods with her German Short-Hair Pointer, Meadow Lark, and her husband, whose nick name happens to be Art.
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