It happens far too often, people live by self imposed preconceptions of what they can and cannot achieve in this life. What’s concerning about this, is the fact that these ideas are complete nonsense. Any individual is capable of obtaining goals; all it comes down to is self belief, enthusiasm and ambition. With these characteristics being used as a driving force, our possibilities truly are limitless.
One person, who personifies limitlessness, is the very talented and inspirational, Jane Tyrrell. Jane has taken her passion for music, fine art, design, architecture, fashion, silver screen and antiques, and transformed them into successful vocations. She is a music professional (Tyzzle), graphic Designer (Etch) and Fine Artist (George) – achievements not hard to believe for someone who credits creative problem solving along with contributing and engaging in society via visual communication and music, as the things that make her tick.
It is endearing to see Jane professionally juggle her creative endeavours. Such feats would be restricted, if not for her motivation by an overwhelming desire to express herself creatively on a daily basis. Out of her three chosen fields, music, due to its physical manifestation, would be her favourite from of expression. “I guess the discipline to master my instrument and refine my process is the most challenging and rewarding. When I’m performing live it is the most incredible feeling, I love the way it feels physically and the energy and motivation it charges me up with” Jane explained.
Jane has had over 12 years experience in song writing, singing, recording and performing with The Herd, The Urthboy Show, along with other bands and individuals spanning a variety of genres. In this time, she has performed all around the nation, throughout Europe and in Zimbabwe.
For Jane, these triumphs were always meant to be, she expanded, “I suspect people are born to do things and I was born to be an artist. It makes me feel alive.” She feels the creativity stemmed from her mother encouraging her to sing, teaching her piano and taking her to dance, before she passed away when Jane was nine. Once cemented in her personality, Jane would constantly be engulfed by a yearning to create and perform. “My father tells me as I child I would put on elaborate productions incorporating set design, poetry, dance and singing in the family lounge room. I would direct my siblings and insist my parents sit through hours of clunky entertainment” she says.
Jane continued to evolve and the performer in her developed naturally over years of grasping any opportunity to get on stage and sing. Over time, she obtained a broad vocal range and the ability to harmonise though mimicking her favourite singers. At the age of 10, she joined her first band and began performing original music when she was 19.
This year saw the release of her group, The Herds new album “Future Shade” and an accompanying tour. Since its release, the album and live performances have been getting excellent reviews and the group has been feeling better about their delivery as they wear in the new tracks. “Its like a new shoe, it hurts at first and looks fancy, but takes a little while to fit properly and really shine with age. I guess it’s never a sure thing. We can put our collective all into an album but it’s a gamble whether the outcome will excite and engage the listener,” Jane stated. With the national tour wrapped up, the group are looking forward to an exciting new journey as they embark on a run of summer festivals.
Art for Jane would also begin early, with her illustrating, making costumes, jewellery and sculptures all before the age of 10. In high school, Jane continued to be heavily involved in arts and for her year 12 HSC she was in the top 5 percentile for her major works. After school she attended the Hunter Street Fine Arts College in Newcastle where she completed a 2 year Diploma of Fine Arts. While studying here, she was awarded sculptor of the month, exhibited and was selected to be a part of a massive public art sculpture for the city of Newcastle.
After taking some time off to pursue her musical endeavours, Jane decided to return to studies at the Victorian College of The Arts in Melbourne. It was here that she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Printmaking. Jane added, “I continued to exhibit and collaborate with other artists in Melbourne when I stumbled across Graphic Design and realised It was a career that could utilise my knowledge and skill set, and be a financially viable career unlike fine art alone which is tough stuff.”
Jane’s visual art style sways between detailed photorealistic studies and abstract expressionism. She explained, “Thematically throughout the years I have been exploring the juxtaposition of dark narratives and humorous comments on society and my life experiences. I often use symbolism to communicate my message figuratively rather than literally shoving my story or message down the viewer’s throat. That way the viewer can choose to read into my images or purely appreciate them for the surface value.”
While her graphic design style is still being developed, Jane can see some similarities in her eye for detail and her composition. Jane’s intention with design is to be the very best visual communicator she can be for the client and the brief. “To me, successful Design and Art is engaging and memorable. I believe it can have a powerful impact on people’s lives and I love being a part of that exchange” she added.
Jane views the role of an artist throughout time as an imperative one, stating, “to study the everyday man or woman’s creative response to society gives you a wonderful understanding of how politics and society are affecting real people throughout the ages, not by what the politicians, stats or facts say alone.” However, she is aware that this is not always the case, as art is subjective not always successful or engaging. Meaning not everyone has the ability to appreciate art, design and music in its complexity and varied form either.
Having your feet on the ground and not letting any hype dictate your hunger or pursuit, while maintaining a friendly, respectful and professional approach to your work and interactions with artists and management are the key to success according to Jane. She also credits finding a wonderful mentor and teacher to help you when you’re in a rut, and communicating with your fans, taking the time to have a chat and respond to their queries, as playing a pivotal role.
The Jane Train is not looking at stopping anytime soon, with a number of projects planned for the future. Musically, she would like to release a solo album and get a great live show together to tour 2012 -2013. She wants to continue co-writing and collaborating with artists from all kinds of genres and play the State Theatre again. Artistically, she is looking forward to doing another solo exhibition and some group shows, going to the Venice Biennale and collaborating with other visual artists and fashion designers. Finally, she would also like to open her own Design studio with her regular collaborators ‘The Bang Bang Collective’ and design the interior of her own house and studio.
For someone who has achieved so much already, I would say it is highly likely that Jane will not only succeed with these endeavours, but smash them out of the ball park.
In closing, Jane would like to encourage everyone to pursue what makes them feel fulfilled. She adds, “Support Elefant Traks, a label fuelled by passion and the love of good music.”
You can check out a collection of all of Jane’s work on her new website