about Jo


From my studio in SW Scotland I make cushions, scarves and one-off pieces out of fabrics ranging from cotton velvet to fine translucent silks: hand-dyed, pieced and machine-embroidered.

After gaining a BA Hons in fashion/textiles I set up a workshop in Balnakeil Craft Village in Sutherland designing, making and selling cushions and wall-hangings.

In 1992 I relocated to Kirkcudbright in SW Scotland and then moved again in 2014, 15 miles north, out into the beautiful Galloway countryside.

My work is inspired by the surrounding landscape, its colours textures, the shifting light on hills and coast, the form and patterns of its forests, while a lot of my cushions take a quirky look at its flora and fauna.

I run workshops and projects with adults and children and give illustrated talks to groups.

I have undertaken numerous private commissions as well as several public commissions, and have had solo exhibitions as well as work in group exhibitions.


More about Jo

1955 Born in Hertfordshire. Brought up in Norfolk
1974-79 B.A.Hons in Fashion/Textiles specialising in woven textiles at Birmingham Polytechnic.  Followed by Post Graduate Certificate in Art Education
Awarded first prize in the competition to design wall-hanging for Aston University Library.
1979-80 Taught weaving privately and for a local authority in Devon.
1984 Started designing and making fabric wall-hangings and cushions after initiating a community patchwork project in Suffolk.
1987 Moved to Balnakeil Craft Village in Sutherland, set up workshop and shop.
1989-1992 Involved in arts promotion for Durness and north-west Sutherland.
1992 Moved to Kirkcudbright, Southwest Scotland
2003-2015 Spring Fling Committee member and director
2014 Moved to current studio at Mossdale

Selected exhibitions

2016 Solo exhibition at CatStrand, New Galloway
2016 “On the Wing” McLaurin Gallery, Ayr (group)
2014-20 Work in exhibitions at Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright
2014 “D&G Out” Biscuit Factory, Gateshead (group)
2011 “On the Wing” McLaurin Gallery, Ayr (group)
2003 “Vibrant Forms” Green Gallery, Aberfoyle (group)
2001 “Illumination” Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries (group)
2001 “Autumn Colours”, Designs Gallery, Castle Douglas
2001 “Prononcez Coeur-cu-Brie”, Pont Aven, Brittany
1999 “Landlines”, Shambellie House Museum of Costume
1998 “10×10”, Crichton Royal Museum, Dumfries
1997-9 “Paying Our Dues”, touring exhibition
1997 “Elements for Living”, Tolbooth Art Centre, Kirkcudbright
1997 “Within Our Grasp” Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries (group)
1996 “Value Added”, Aberdeen (group)
1994 Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries (solo)
1993 Gossipgate Gallery, Alston (group)
1992 Edinburgh Art College (group)
1987 Crome Gallery, Norwich (group)

Selected commissions

2019 Commissioned to make award pieces for Leader Rural Awards
2016  Textile panel for CatStrand permanent collection
2006                     Selected to design and make bespoke craftwork for media promotion of Spring Fling
2002 Textile Panels for St John’s Episcopal Church, Stranraer
2001 Award pieces for Arts & Business Scottish Awards 2001
2000 Panels for chapel at Royal Glamorgan Hospital
1998 Panel for Dumfries Visitor Centre, involving local embroidery groups 

Birds Trees & Zips
A short video about my practice.