Jan Ditchfield emigrated to Australia in 1979. After the soft hues of Europe, she found the strong colours of Australia an inspiration. She accepted the challenge to combine these vibrant colours into fine wool and now produces a unique range of shirts, scarves and wraps, all handpainted Australian Merino wool. Those who love to sew are not forgotten with fabric and quilting pieces available. The wool is challis (21.7µm) for the shirts and voile (19.6µm) for the scarves and wraps. The colours range from the deep earthy browns and reds of the outback to brilliant turquoise, purple and parrot mixes. Each piece is individually handpainted by Jan in her Adelaide Hills' studio. No two pieces are identical.
Jan was a prize winner in the Wearable Wool Awards and her work is selected by galleries, and by the Commonwealth and South Australian governments and other organizations as true Australian gifts for overseas visitors. Jan has exhibited at the Design and Craft Fair which the city of Edinburgh hosts in conjunction with the famous international festival. People from around the world marvelled that such a fine and colourful material could be wool.
Having developed friendships with wool growers, Jan has a much better understanding of the difficulties they face. She is delighted that in her own small way she is helping to promote Australian Merino wool.