Janet Velsmid

Portfolio Categories: Decorative and Fabric-Fiber.

Jan’s interest in art started in the 60s as she grew up watching Mrs. Kennedy use her fashion sense during the Camelot era. Jan watched the myth unfold and was inspired by Mrs. Kennedy’s use of designers during President Kennedy’s administration. Jan would sketch and create watercolor pictures of Mrs. Kennedy and later attended a Metropolitan Museum of Art event highlighting a collection of Jacqueline Kennedy’s clothing.


Jan attended RISD studying apparel design and industrial design drafting/technology earning a B.S. in American Studies, Art and Technology.  She continued at Wesleyan in the MLS program studying art, culture and political power. After graduating she worked in research and design/ drafting technology for medical and defense contractors. She was influenced by a book “Design for the Real World” which considered the aesthetics, function and economics of design.


Jan has exhibited her artwork in numerous venues in Connecticut and also helped to promote the arts for many art organizations throughout the state.  One such organization is a church in Old Lyme that has a group of ladies who sew and call themselves “Ladies Who Stitch” at the First Congregational Church. Jan is a member of this amazing group of people who sew and whose items benefit the community and beyond. She originally designed a gift/treasure pouch for a project at the Church. This design is now shown at Spectrum Art Gallery in Centerbrook, Connecticut.

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