Joan Charnley was a textile designer, botanical artist and travel journal writer. Born in 1928 in Southport, Joan studied Textile Design at Manchester School of Art between 1948 and 1953 before becoming a tutor and artist in Great Yarmouth. In 1963 she moved to Saddleworth, Lancashire and began to paint local botanical studies.
Joan had an 80th birthday retrospective at the Millyard Gallery in Saddleworth and in 2016 left her house and estate to the Weavers Factory. Her paintings are held in national, regional and private collections, with a number of her textile designs in the Victoria & Albert Museum.