Michelle Jahn

Is an Artist/Creative based in South Australia

Michelle Jahn is Owner of Exclusive Illuminations specialises in bespoke textile Art. Woven rope on wire frame as as a partition or bedhead, stools, garden sculpture. other artistic shades, made-to-order for ceiling pendants, table and standing lamps. Printed and dyed items napkin and runner, pillows for home makers. Textile jewellery, printed and dyed scarves to adorn you or a gift for other loved ones. Art of all kinds available for your walls as Michelle has excellent drawing skills and loves to paint.

Book a Textile, art workshops for community and parties or professional skills development at studio.

Servicing the home, office or commercial business, my products are handcrafted and unique. Made in Adelaide, South Australia.

I have a great love of fabrics, more than thirty years in the textile arts and a passion for creating beautiful spaces full of light.

In 2010 I brought these aspects together to embark on a new endeavour, to create space through light. Exclusive Illuminations is a passion, an art, craft and sharing with the community.  As a practicing artist, I have a lot of experience including community art projects, installations, exhibitions, conducting a wide variety of workshops, running markets. I believe in working and flourishing together and love being able to bring my client's vision and mine in collaboration.

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Pablo Picasso.


Artists statement / BIO


Michelle is a re-emerging artist rediscovering her roots and a passion for textiles. She is the first generation not to be a farmer’s daughter and has all the natural abilities to live on the land still, skills that translate beautifully to be an Artist.


“These abilities are to make something out of nothing, working with wire, string, rope and a few tools from the shed and the ladies on the farms would have a sewing machine that they would make or fix their clothes for the house hold needs. So, she finds herself gravitating to using all these skills and breaking all the rules of what is expected of an artist.


A lifelong ambition was realised in 1996 when she had the privilege of working with Aboriginal artist, Bobby Brown.  Working with him facilitated healing of an artist's block she had been experiencing.


Selected Clients


Alexandrina Council

City of Port Adelaide Enfield, City of Torrens, City of Marion, City of Tea Tree Gully, City of Charles Sturt, City of Onkaparinga,

Corporate; National Pharmacy,

Media; Pen to paper,

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Latest Exhibit, what's on.


Exhibition "Holiday Fun Time" at North East community Centre. 27-31 Queensborough Ave, Hillcrest SA 5106

Open Mon – Fri 9 till 5. But due to COVID please give them a call before visiting.

A selection of images made with craft of all kinds, e.g. beautiful cross-stitching with sunrise and another is a caravan

NECH community Murals placemaking project Sponsored by SA Community Centres, North East Community Centre. A long-term install you can visit now.

Check BLOG for more info.

South Australia


"Making Planter Boxes "          See you at JOF Café. 10 Rosetta St, West Croydon, either the 6th Nov or 13th Nov. 12noon-3pm.

Bookings essential. Call 0411 294 330 between 7-3pm any day.

This is an activity to bring together local communities in your area. Community making connections and inspiring a long- or short-term involvement with JOF Café and each other. Participants will be helping recycle pallet wood into fine planter boxes for the Café. Come together at a covid safe outdoor activity, socializing and reconnecting, building skills to inspire you to make your own project at home. Light food and beverages will be provided.

'sponsored by the City of Charles Sturt’.

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2014 Diploma of Management Ashley Institute of Training
2013 Certificate IV Training & Assessment at DOME
2013 Certificate III Business administration Ashley Institute of Training
2013 Child Safe Environments (reporting child abuse and neglect)
Certificate Safe Place Policy (workplace behaviour)
2011 Certificate IV in Small Business Management Brace
2009 Communication Skills 1 and 2 The Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors
1986 – 1991 Associate Diploma in Fabric Design North Adelaide School of Art (Leatherwork drawing,
design, art history, visual studies, product presentation, business studies)
2021 “Splash of Colour” a placemaking activity at Phillips Reserve at Semaphore. 9th Oct. For by City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council.
2021 NECH community Murals placemaking project, Sponsored by SA Community Centres, North East Community Centre. Supported by members of the City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council.
2020 ‘The Hope installation’ for the Hope Valley Reservoir Upgrade Opening and 12 days Placemaking activity. Chalkboards and tags to write your special message of hope and attach your wishes of hope.
2019 ‘WEAVING COMMUNITY was a community fence weaving activity Created over two weeks we installed our
upcycle, co-design and create a weaving alongside community artist Michelle Jahn. The urban interventions City
of Charles Sturt and Westside 2019.
2019 ‘Celebrate Largs Bay’– Placemaking Project JETTY ROAD LARGS BAY PLACEMAKING PROJECT for City of Port
Adelaide Enfield. Months May – June 2019
2019 ‘Magic Tree Yarn Bombing’ coordinator, Hillcrest Community Centre, City of Port Adelaide Enfield for more
information - www.facebook.com/magictreeyarnbombing/
2018 “Woven Community Memories” A co-created artwork, for ‘100th year of Armistice’ held at
Hallett Cove Memorial for Marion Council.
2017 Art installation facilitator, for Kitchen Table Conference - Open State, Commissioned
by Valli Morphett - Morph-It
2017 Installation “Woven Magic” at Kilburn Train Station, commissioned by the Department of Planning,
Transport and Infrastructure.
2017 Installation “Woven Magic” commissioned for Pepper Street Art Centre.
2021 - Present to Employment Options as an NDIS Mentor. Employment Options is a Registered NDIS Provider.
The NDIS is a national approach to supporting people with a disability to maximise their potential and participate as equal citizens in Australian society. The NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life. Michelle's role is as an Artistic Mentor and Miro Enterprise.
2019 Consultancy “Havana Boat House” in Vanuatu (artist retreat) To develop the production of weaving /printing/lampshades. This involved the setup of the training venue and logistics of running art workshops from the venue. Consultation of business development for the larger business, marketing, promotions, distribution and setting up great management practices.
2010 – Present Director of Exclusive illuminations. www.excusiveilluminations.com.au
Specialised bespoke shades, made-to-order for the home, office or commercial business, products
are handcrafted and unique. Designing ranges, creating short runs and merchandising, marketing, and developing distribution networks for retail and others.
2014 - Present. Art Tutor Exclusive Illuminations managing artistic and cultural projects within the community.
Creating artistic projects that are appropriate to target communities. Some workshops that have been offered at the studio venue; silk painting, shades decorated with bark, weaving grasses etc. Indigo dyeing, natural dyeing, block-printing, fabric jewellery making.
2015 Art Tutor “The Hills Community Options”. Designing and teaching art workshops for
persons with disabilities. Teaching art to the disability community, developing skills, creating class plans, and creating market ready products for community micro-enterprise programmes. Sourcing appropriate events to exhibit and retail clients’ artworks.
1996 Working with Aboriginal artist, Bobby Brown made a piece of culturally significant art.
1995- Present. Since working as a massage practitioner.
1993 Garment finisher & dyer, ‘Macbeth’, State Opera Of South Australia.
1992 Established business, 'Zejarn Fabrics'’
Freelance contract, South Australian Film Corporation, 'Black Beauty.
Costume maker, Mel Drummond, Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC
1991 Partnership, 'Sunflower Child Fashion Craft'
Fabric dyer, State Opera Of South Australia, 'Electra'

2022 Coordinator or a Sustainable Sewing group at 19 on Green community centre.
2021 Creatively remake items in your wardrobe and save the world, for Youth Community Connections, at Fullarton Park Community Centre.
2021 Decoupage workshop at Gallery 1855
2021 Upcycled textile Jewellery making workshop at Oasis launching a mental health campaign Good Vibes Experiment.
2020 Upcycled textile Jewellery making from Jean's workshop at The Brocca Youth Centre
2019 Printing pillows, bleaching Tea shirts at The Brocca Youth Centre
2018 ‘Magic Tree Yarn Bombing’ creator, Hillcrest Community Centre, City of Port Adelaide Enfield. Still going!!
2018 Upcycled textile Jewellery making workshop Pepper Street Art Centre
2018 Upcycled textile Jewellery making at Mixed Creative, Port Adelaide
2017 Upcycled textile Jewellery making at Light Foot Eco Store, Port Adelaide
2017 Upcycled textile Jewellery making, printing pillow, kids flower printing on fabric bags workshop. Art tutor, at Sustainability Centre.
2017 Workshops offered within the Port Adelaide Enfield Council community groups were • printing blocks, stencils • making Scarecrows • rope Coil Bowls see https://www.exclusiveilluminations.com/blog
2016 Community art facilitator, making scarecrows at ‘Welcome Australia’ event, Kilburn Community Centre, City of Port Adelaide Enfield.
2014 One day natural dyeing workshop in Barossa Valley.
2009 Teaching children fabric printing, Willagee Community Centre/Willagee Alive
Organising a monthly fete for the Willagee community
2016 Craft workshops at Enfield Community Centre.
2014 – 2017 Community Education Support City of Port Adelaide Enfield
Working with Jane Marr Arts and Cultural Development Support Officer, City of Port Adelaide Enfield. Assisting in managing artistic and cultural projects within the community. Redirecting calls, good communication with staff. Collecting and compiling data, creating reports and documentation of projects. Promote and adhere to Port Adelaide Enfield Work Health and safety guidelines, including privacy and confidentiality.
2016 Craft workshops at Enfield Community Centre.
2014 Volunteer art Workshop Tutor, Thursday Morning Art Group Ottoway hall, SRF Program, City of Port Adelaide Enfield. Working with adults of different levels of mental development creating products they can use and take home, extending their skill range. This is using textiles created by them. Developing supportive friendships with the members of the community.
2014 Support for “Night Mural” Event, Illuminart, Port Adelaide.
2013 Lutheran Community Care; working with a large multicultural community helping them in many ways including finding accommodation and putting together resumes for them.
2012 Calvary Hospital honing my skills in compiling reports for the Education and Training Department.
Jane Marr Has had a vast range of Experience in the arts 0418370077
Kym Pedlar Learning & Development Consultant 0402 845 928
Karan Coombe-Smith Rail Care Unit Manager, Amenity Programs for Rail Infrastructure Maintenance Asset Management Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. 0427 044 153
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