MEET KC JONES
Born in Edmonton in 1954, KC Jones is one of a rare breed – a born and bred Alberta artist.
As a high school student, KC attempted to begin her study of art, but was unable to get into art classes. She settled for experience in set, stage and costume design in her high school’s drama department. During this time, she also worked for a silk screener and sign painter. Her specialty was painting signage on tall buildings. She rose quickly in the company as her employer was afraid of heights.
At 16, KC’s sister persuaded her (by dint of paying for it!) to take a weaving course at the now defunct Minerva Weaving Supplies shop. She vowed either to learn patience, or to throw the loom out the window. Patience won – although it was a close competition – and she has been weaving ever since.
Over the next two years, she took night classes in water colour painting from Calgary’s Adult Education program,and in 1976 wove and studied with Lily Bohlin, a Swedish master weaver from Vancouver. Her area of concentration was double weave technique and she supplemented this study with a course in primitive weaving, focusing on Inkle and Salish looms.
In 1978, she began marketing her woven products at various venues across Alberta.
Family members suggested more gainful employment, so in 1980, KC began her BFA at the University of Calgary, graduating in 1984 with a drawing major and a photography minor.
Toronto beckoned in 1985. She moved east where, along with her day job, she managed the odd craft show at the Beaches.
1990 saw her back in Cowtown to complete a BEd. She subsequently taught art for the Foothills School Division for 17 years, taking sabbaticals in the final two years to resume the craft show circuit.
Life has now come full circle for KC, and she’s been able to return to her earlier passion of making art full time. She does, and has, taken time off to take and teach courses in silk screening, acrylic painting, spinning, dying, and window painting and holds memberships in art societies and craft guilds.
In the spring and summer, you’ll find her in a cargo trailer in back country Kananaskis, weaving on a 36 inch floor loom and enjoying the Rockies. Fall and early winter see her following the Alberta craft show circuit, and late winter finds her painting in glorious San Carlos, Mexico. The remainder of her time is spent in her studio in High River, Alberta, with husband Don and Pearl, the wonder dog.