A woman from San Antonio turned her passion into a business that now allows her to help others.
SAN ANTONIO – A home studio in her garage is where Jane Bishop creates. She uses stencils and paints to brighten up canvases that were once plain.
“This is my happy place. I like working from home because it’s just casual, ”said Jane Bishop, owner of Mockingbird Handprints. “I have always loved fabrics, my mother sewed when she was growing up. And I heard about the Southwest School of Art and signed up for a class to learn how to dye and print on fabric, and I just loved it.
She went from the corporate world of training to retail to now her days of smearing ink layer after layer.
“I wasn’t into art before, but it was something that obsessed me. I printed on anything and everything,” Bishop said.
Bishop is now as fluid as the paint she spreads with such precision.
“The design is so interesting,” Bishop said. “This is one of the reasons why my name is Mockingbird Handprints, because a Mockingbird can mimic so many other bird sounds that I can do it in my design.”
She uses her art of fiber to create unique pieces.
“There is so much to do and it’s so intriguing,” Bishop said.
From creation to sale in her window, she manages all aspects of her business.
“Working independently and having no one in your place is a very liberating feeling and I feel very lucky,” Bishop said.
This gives him a chance to share this fortune with other artists.
“My mission is to show and promote local San Antonio artists,” Bishop said.
Along with its printed fabric, dyed shirts and re-upholstered chairs, you’ll find creations by nearly 50 other artists.
“With things opening up again, it’s so important. I think we’ve all learned a lesson in taking nothing for granted, and I’m really excited about what the future holds for local San artists. Antonio, ”Bishop said.
She is a student who has become a teacher again.