Today we’d like to introduce you to Jane Feigenson.
Jane, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was in the corporate world for most of my life as a Special Events Designer/Producer. Over the years and have produced huge events, and trade show exhibits and have been so proud to have collaborated with some super talented professionals. After 16 years with the same company, my world suddenly shifted and I was on my own. I now had to figure out a new life and dig down, deep to find my next chapter. It’s hard after so many years. As a lifelong artist, I quickly turned to my paint brush to help me learn who I really was and where I needed to go.
Thankfully a dear friend and colleague, Lydia Santangelo, Founder of TESSTYLIST had always encouraged my art and gently nudged me to expand into clothing. We had worked closely over the years in producing some over the top fashion shows that had heads turning at the big Las Vegas Trade shows and back home in Boston.
Long story short, I had made her a one of a kind vintage leather jacket for her birthday and created art that rang true to who she was with key phrases, images etc. It kind of took off from there and I am forever grateful for her encouragement. I have had some great mentors over the years and have learned the technical rules of art from Pat Mattina and then learned how to break every rule from John Murray. Both talented and prolific artists. I have taken all my passions and am building my brand and learning tons of great lessons along the way.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Thank goodness for the bumps along the way. They are life’s lessons that have been instrumental. With each bump, I am forever reminded of how important integrity and authenticity are. Plain and simple I have found that just being true and honest and generous with others will keep me going. Life is way too short and all we have in this world is our name and reputation. So I would say to you, be true, be real and you will get through it.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about F’d up by Jane Feigenson – what should we know?
What sets me apart? I would say my authenticity and wanting to connect with people. I look at art as another voice of sorts. A way to show emotion and have a dialog. Showing my marks, my raw edges and my imperfections are what, for me, makes something special. I take truly vintage denim, military and leather clothing and use this as my canvas.
Painting, dying, treating, and repeating until it has a story. It is not a simple dunk in dye and done….. same with my paintings. Like Hans Hoffman, it is putting paint on and taking it off. Building and destroying. The great fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto says “I think perfection is ugly. Somewhere in the things humans make, I want to see scars, failure, disorder and distortion”. Who in the world would want to be normal or perfect… how boring. So in a sense, I take all this emotion and passion and try to portray it in my art and the events I create.
- Website: www.janefeigenson.com
- Phone: 617-306-7357
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @janefeigenson
- Facebook: janefeigenson