About Jo Deeley

I am a textile artist who has been working in textiles for the last 10 years. I teach art at a secondary school in the UK.

I work with different textures and methods to create sculptural shapes and designs. I am particularly interested in making three dimensional fabrics using traditional methods, weaving, knitting, plaiting and knotting as well as more untraditional methods by folding and pressing fabric.

My ideas develop and change over different projects and are reactions to images seen and research built up in my sketchbooks. Pieces are often driven by the process or technique I am using, but I am also inspired by patterns and structures in nature as well as man-made buildings and constructions. I also use museums as a great source of information and learning which informs my work.

The textile courses at university covered a broad range of textiles. Not only traditional fabrics but also that everything has a fabric and a texture, and that creating new surfaces is a reaction to what we see all around us. Since leaving university I have continued to develop these ideas creating textile shapes that explore the use of space and surface, and I continue to explore textile and material manipulations.

I am a graduate of Loughborough University in the U.K. I studied Multi-media Textile Design (Bachelor of Arts) and have recently completed a Masters Degree in Textile Art. I have sold samples at ‘Indigo’ in Paris and to companies in the UK interested in new textiles. I have produced commissions of textile art sculptures for public and private display. I enjoy creating large scale pieces and have also had the priviledge of being a part of several group sculpture projects.

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