Art Exhibition – Textiles of Staffordshire Landscapes by Jo Hill
June 7 @ 11:00 am - July 18 @ 5:00 pm
An exhibition of semi abstract mixed media textiles
Jo Hill creates original textile art inspired by the natural world, often from country walks in Staffordshire, where she will see an image that captures her eye, a particular grouping of colours or a sense of movement.
She begins by making a print screen with her design, and then uses a breakdown printing technique to print a selection of fabrics to use as a starting point. She works intuitively and layers fabrics to build up a design, using hand dyed fabrics and papers that reflect the colours and mood she wants to express.
Jo sometimes work in a series, capturing the essence of the landscape. Colour, texture and pattern are central to the design process. Every piece of work is unique due to the variations in the materials and techniques used. The colour palette of her signature style is muted and sophisticated and fabrics are often hand-dye fabrics to achieve the perfect colour.
The collaged fabrics and papers are then applied to the backing fabric. Jo uses natural fabrics such as cottons, linens and wools, much of which is recycled and reclaimed. Using free motion embroidery, she ‘draws’ the details of texture and pattern with thread, bringing the piece to life. Detailed stitching allows her to really explore the wonderful year-round details that the countryside displays. Hand stitching is also used to add another dimension.
Normal admission fee for entry to the museum applies
I completed a degree in Textile Design and won several design awards and later went on to sell my woven creations to Habitat.
I have City & Guilds qualifications in machine embroidery, fabric dyeing, paper making, interior design, soft furnishings and printing. I still enjoy teaching and hold regular workshops at my studio as well as offering a range of online courses via my website.
I am proud to say that I have been a member of Gallery at 12, an artists’ co-operative and gallery in Eccleshall, Staffordshire since 2009 and in July 2021 I was accepted as a member of Midlands Textile Forum.