Jane Robbins studied at Eastbourne School of Art under print-maker Robert Tavener, who was a great influence and support. He advised her to go to Hornsey College of Art where she studied Graphic Design. During subsequent years of teaching art and working, she continued to produce her own work - mainly printmaking, but also for a while designing knitting patterns.
She later began to work in paper collage, which combined a life-long interest in flat pattern, patchwork and found objects, mixing them together to produce new decorative images. Jane finds patterns everywhere - magazines, packaging, even the insides of envelopes - but mainly in newspapers, The Guardian being the very best source. She might use a picture of a flock of birds to cut out the shape of a cloud, a skyscraper might become the veins of a leaf, a check shirt may become a building. She often forgets where they originally came from - allowing them to take on a new life of their own.