About Janice Gunner

Janice Gunner is an award-winnng stitched texile artist, quilter, City & Guilds accredited tutor and author.

Janice is a renowned expert in Japanese textiles -  particularly Shibori.

Aside from creating and teaching, she holds a MA with Merit  in Textiles at the University of the Creative Arts.

Her current work using natural dyes, along with screen and digital printing, focuses on memory loss and absence and how they affect personality and relationships.

Janice was recently awarded the Quilters' Guild of the British Isles Education and Travel Bursary.


Her travel and study destination is The Gambia, where she'll join Magie Relph of The African Fabric Shop and work with two local artisans. With Musa Jaiteh, she'll study traditional kola nut and indigo resist dyeing and with Neneh Jallow, she'll study West African batik techniques.


Janice will report on her experiences in The Quilter when travel resumes due to the Coronavirus situation.



Janice's many prestigious awards include:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award for services to quilting - 2019

  • City & Guilds Medal for Excellence as a lecturer - 2018

  • The Amy Emms MBE Award for Services to Quilting - 2008

  • The Jewel Pearce Patterson Award for International Quilt Teachers - 1999

  • City & Guilds Medal for Excellence, (First Prize) Patchwork and Quilting Part 1 - 1993


Janice is an Honorary Member of the Quilters' Guild of the British Isles.

As a former president of the Guild, she was instrumental in launching the Festival of Quilts - Europe's largest quilt show.

She is a distinguished and sought after quilt judge - most recently at the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2020. 

As a teacher she has inspired her students worldwide for more than thirty years.

She exhibits regularly, both independently and in collaboration with fellow textile artists.

Janice currently lives in Clifton, Central Bedfordshire.