Artist Profiles – Jayne Elwell/The Libertarian

We now have several arts spaces across Tees Valley and County Durham, so we thought it might be an ideal time to showcase some of the artists we have in those spaces. Without further ado, might we introduce Jayne Elwell, who works under the name The Libertarian.


Jayne is a milliner, but not as you know it. Visiting her studio, straight away you can see that she experiments with a whole variety of different materials and themes. She works to commission, has an online shop and teaches too. Her creations have caught the media’s attention numerous times at Ascot. We especially like the full english breakfast piece!

IMG_7616We asked Jayne why she chose Dundas House, the eight storey beast of an office block, as a place to have her studio. She said she had always worked from home and even had a studio at her Gran’s house. She liked the space in Dundas House, along with it having great light. She also likes having all her materials and kit in one room.  ‘I’m not working with people, but I see people when I come into Dundas. It beats working on my own!’, says Jayne.


Jayne’s work is inspired by food, colours and Heston Blumenthal. She began specialising in hats and headwear in 2010 and hasn’t looked back. She did a course in hat making and then went on from there. These are Jayne’s words..and we are sure it wasn’t that simple! She clearly puts a lot of effort and energy into her work and her studio showcases this perfectly.


Jayne is currently working on a few commissions and a piece for Ascot 2014. Keep your eyes out for that one – its sure to be a visual treat!

If you’d like to find out more about Jayne’s work or are interested commissioning a piece, check out her website

We’d just like to say thanks to Jayne for taking time out to supply us with a lovely cup of tea and the studio tour!
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