Artist of the moment…..Jann Haworth….

Jann Haworth is an American  artist born in Hollywood, California in the year 1942. Her whose most famous work was done more than 40 years ago!  Jann Haworth is renown for  helping to design the cover  of the very popular Beatles record, Sargent Pepper. She worked on the project with her husband Peter Blake.

Much more than a painter, the artist is also renown for her work with what is titled soft sculpture. In this clip we hear from the artist about her parents who were both very creative professionals. Her mother was a ceramist and her father worked in Hollywood as a production designer. As a youngster her father would love to take her to the various theater sets and designs. She also talks about her studies abroad and what she learned from them.

A great feature on the artist and her Sargeant Pepper cover, a remake of the artist. The first one featured only 1 african american and 13 women! Times have changed! I love public art like this!

For her collegiate studies Haworth attended the University of California at Los Angeles. She also attended the Courtauld Institute in London where she studied art history. Haworth also attended the Slade School of Art in London, England.

She learned to sew from her mother and has been making dolls, doll clothes, and even clothes for her person since the age of eight years old !

First exhibition in 1966 in the States. First exhibition in London was in 1972.

Price range information: The only price I could find was for the collaboration with Peter Blake and herself for the cover. The original has sold for the low six figures. Many dolls range $12,000 to $20,000.

If you enjoy soft sculpture be sure and check out my article on Claes Oldenburg, who works with soft sculpture but uses food for his main subject. An example of Oldenburg is below.

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Another very interesting couple working with dolls was the family of Calvin and Ruby Black. The couple made very large dolls and opened up a small amusement park in California. For more just search my previous posts for the couple. Most works were carved in wood.

 

 

 

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