Jane Hyslop is an artist with particular interest in artists’ books, printmaking and drawing. She lectures in the School of Art and the School of Design.
Her research has documented the decline of the mining industry, the dereliction of former mine workings, railways and other man-made sites in parallel with the regeneration of this land in her native Midlothian. Her interest in the flora that inhabits these sites has led her to look at the history of Scottish gardens and the cultivation of specimen plants over indigenous ones.
Her work examines place through research into social and natural history and is often expressed through narratives that are centred on the plants that populate or are cultivated on particular sites.
Her books are held in numerous collections including the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the National Library of Scotland, Tate Library and Yale Center for British Art.
Hyslop’s teaching focuses on the artists’ book. In the School of Art she is Course Leader for Introduction to the Artists’ Book alongside her day-to-day teaching.
Hyslop also currently teaches in Illustration where she organizes a range of projects each academic year that encourage students to consider how they use the book, nurture drawing as a strong basis for design and foster interest in the use of printmaking.
Most recently she collaborated with staff at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (RBGE) on a research project for second year illustrators called ‘Herbarium’ that introduced students to aspects of research through access to the herbarium, the living collection, the RBGE library and collaborations with taxonomists.