Janette Heartwood was born in Lyme Regis, a small fishing village in Dorset, overlooking the English Channel. The farms, ocean and rain of Arcata remind her of England.
In 1960, after six years of study, Janette graduated from the RWA School of Architecture in Bristol, and moved to Montreal for two years to work in the office of Peter Dickinson.
In 1962 she was elected an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Janette then drove across the USA to Los Angeles where she worked for various architects.
Between 1968 and 1970 Janette lived in Iowa City. She worked as an interior designer and started, but did not finish Law School. She realized how much she missed visual and three-dimensional challenges.
In 1971 she founded Rothwoman Stoneware, selling her line of planters and hand decorated dinnerware at street fairs. When she started attending Gift Shows and selling to major Department Stores business grew. The Company had fifteen employees when imports eroded the American craft market. It was time to move on, and depart Los Angeles. Rothwoman ceramics are now collectables, so recently Janette created a website, www.RothwomanStoneware.com for collectors who want to know more of the history.
In 1982 Janette relocated to the California Central Coast and became a General Contractor and Real Estate Broker. She designed, built and sold spec houses in San Louis Obispo and later in Escondido. Wearing three hats, taking the entrepreneurial risk, she found challenging and fun. Janette served on the City of Escondido, Task Force on Development Choices.
During the real estate down turn in early 1990 Janette moved to Laguna Beach. She started another craft business making mostly leather goods. She sold this business and retired at the end of the decade.
In 2003 Janette spent four months with a group of ten Coast-walkers hiking the 1200 miles of California coastline, from the Oregon State line to the Mexican border. She recalled the beauty of Humboldt County when making the decision to move to Arcata in Spring 2007.
Before leaving Southern California Janette curated a show at the Laguna Art Museum for Architect J. Lamont Langworthy. It showcased the thirty much loved, unique homes he designed and built on steep hillsides during the 1960's.
2007 to 2013 (except time in India), member of City of Arcata, Historic and Design Review Commission.
During Winter 2008 and Spring 2009, Janette spent six months in Rajasthan, India, teaching at Aayojan School of Architecture and traveling for personal interest. Her website, www.TharDesertImages.com is intended to add to the historical record of these remote villages.
During her adult life Janette gained perspective about our world through journeys to thirty countries. Now she designs the occasional architectural project, spends time with photography and almost daily hiking. Her interest in dogs has blossomed into the world of Dog Agility where she works as a team with her new Poodle, "Hop." Creating a website for HumDOG.org is another way she gives back to the community.
Janette started knitting when she was four years old. She combines her understanding of three dimensional form with a love of color and pattern to create garments that evolve as the knitting progresses. America's Alpacas published hat and sweater patterns that Janette wrote for them. In 2013 Janette taught an OLLI class, Understanding the Mathematics of Hand Knitted Fabric.
In September 2013 and 2014 Janette taught a class for OLLI, "Local Walks for Exercise and Pleasure." She has compiled her photographs and information about dozens of local hiking places. The results are available on this website.