Jo works intuitively in her art practice, where she is currently exploring mixed media collage and printmaking.
Working in layers, Jo creates depth and intrigue in her work by hiding and revealing different elements. She finds real beauty in old, weathered surfaces especially peeling paint, rusty metalwork, worn textiles and broken tiles; and takes inspiration from the shapes and patterns found in nature. Having a background in textiles and surface pattern Jo also loves bringing elements of stitch and pattern into her work.
Often working in sketchbooks, especially A5 concertina books, Jo also enjoys finding old secondhand books in secondhand shops, which are transformed into altered books.
Jo’s creative sketchbook work is mainly process-driven and experimental, often incorporating happy accidents. She starts by gathering found materials and ephemera (prints, maps, receipts, old second hand books, magazines and scrap paper etc) and working into them with mixed media, print and stitch.