In the Gallery
Jo discovered her passion for batik whilst working with artists in Kota Baharu on the east coast of Malaysia in 1991. On returning to the UK she moved to Bristol and continued to develop her own style of batik - as a passionate wildlife and bird watcher the natural world has provided an unlimited source of inspiration. She is very pleased to be returning to WWT Slimbridge and this current exhibition will focus on animal and plant life inspired by coastal holidays in Britain and further afield, alongside a series of work reflecting the changing seasons during early morning dog walks in Bristol. Jo has exhibited widely in the West Country and at SWLA open exhibition in London and is a member of The Batik Guild. Her numerous commissions include Health Centres, and both corporate and private clients. She also teaches batik and runs classes for individuals, as well as community and school workshops. A more recent venture is to move into textile design using some of her designs to create fabric for interiors.
Jo will be available to demonstrate Batik on the following days:
Friday 13th September 2019
Saturday 12th October 2019
Saturday 16th November 2019
In the Plinths
I am a textiles artist, making free motion machine embroidery images of British Wildlife. I grew up learning about British birds and wildlife, encouraged by my Grandmother who was awarded an MBE for her services to the RSPB. We sometimes forget how beautiful our British wildlife is and with my work I hope to capture some of this beauty as I guide the fabric under my machine needle drawing images with my threads. I graduated with my Arts & Crafts degree specialising in textiles in 2000 and worked in Natural History TV production until I returned to textiles at the end of 2015. Our wildlife is something that we should treasure - I make my pieces so that everyone can join in my wildlife adventure and give a piece of nature a home.