Jean Kares at work in her studio, TextileContext. (Cloe Aigner photo).

This is website and blog of artist Jean L. Kares: veteran visual artist, independent scholar, textile researcher, curator, and teacher.  She has worked in fibre media since receiving an undergraduate fine arts degree in the 1970s.  Kares has since completed an MA in Asian Art History at UBC.

Throughout the 1980s Kares served on the boards of several artists’ organizations at the local, provincial, and national levels, including two terms as President of the Canadian Craft Council (now dissolved).  She trained and worked as a facilitator and trainer in the field of  board development for nonprofit organizations for a number of years.

She established TextileContext Studio  nearly 20 years ago, and has maintained it not only as her workspace but also as one of Vancouver’s few publicly accessible locations that regularly exhibit contemporary textile art.  Her artwork is strongly influenced by Asian art and philosophy, and generally incorporates many textile techniques within a single piece in a collage approach.  She combines techniques such as dyeing, printing, stitching, and shibori to result in dramatic, visually rich juxtapositions of pattern and colour.

Kares currently teaches Chinese Art History through Langara College (Continuing Studies) in Vancouver, BC.   In addition, she is an instructor of Taiji Chuan.

Contact Jean and see her work in person at her studio:

TextileContext Studio, 1420 Old Bridge Street, Vancouver, BC,  Canada  V6H 3S6


The studio is located on Granville Island, a cultural destination that was developed on light industrial lands in Vancouver.  Our regular public hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM; also by appointment.


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