Jo's initial training was in wood graining, marbling, gilding
and specialist paint finishes at Guildford College. She also gained
a Cert. Ed. and taught in FE for 8 years. She up-skilled at Central
St Martins and now balances being a designer/maker with teaching
workshops and lecturing all over the country.
Describe your approach to teaching:
My approach to teaching is by demonstrating techniques using a wide range of media and then encouraging students to experiment and explore widely within an open and friendly environment.
What inspires your own work?
I hand-gild antique and vintage lace and crochet. Each piece determines the gilded treatment and I also produce limited edition gilded lace prints. Creating commissions is challenging and exciting whether a piece of jewellery, a fashion accessory or a framed piece and working with a client often generates new ideas. I find other inspiration in contemporary textiles, jewellery and wallpaper, and collaborating with other designers is always very stimulating.