At university, Jan stayed in Kingston and described it as a mixture of rural and urban living, much like Basingstoke and Deane which felt comforting. He spent his free time at the Victoria & Albert Museum for inspiration.
“I had a Membership to the Royal Academy of Arts, for a full experience I would make notes for my projects for some inspiration. I would take part in workshops to improve my knowledge and skills. I felt it was a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I wanted to make the most of my time in London to explore exhibitions that really inspire me.”
Back home from university in Basingstoke, Jan finds lots of local inspiration for his creative work. “I find inspiration at the Willis Museum; for example the Lego exhibition gave insight of what people can do with LEGO. It has inspired ideas for me; an embroidery effect fusion with LEGO and textiles. The space helps to inspire how I can put my work in a similar way.
I attended the Whitchurch Silk Mill light and sound trail; I enjoyed the historical story behind it, I found it to be quite inspirational, I would like to go back again to find out more about weaving.”
In his downtime, Jan likes to explore his local area on foot; he feels it gives him the opportunity to really soak up his surroundings; taking photographs of the ever-changing seasons and landscapes provides so much inspiration for his art .
“I encourage everyone to have a walk around your local area and see the constantly changing landscape and document your discoveries. Basingstoke is a mixture of everything; there is always something new to discover here.