This year I have been working on lots of new ideas. I now teach private and corporate team building workshops in solarplate etching and linocuts and private one to one oil painting lessons. I have a new product range; bags, mirrors, bottle openers, box sets of cards, gift vouchers alongside original solarplate etchings from my new Twittering range. Go to the Cambridge Showcase website for more info. I will also be talking about Cambridge Showcase on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire with Illustrator Amanda Hall on Monday 16 November from 2pm with Jeremy Sallis.
When: Monday 23 November 2015. 12 noon until 8.30pm. Where: Unitarian Church Hall, Victoria St, Cambridge CB1 1JW. Who: 15 designer-makers. What: Prints, ceramics, glass, children's books, textiles, jewellery.
When the light starts to fade the hall comes into it's own so drop in after work with your friends and partners and join us to celebrate the independent makers in Cambridge. Donations for the mulled cider and mince pies this year will be going to the allotment project to the Cambridge Cyrenians who work their magic with the homeless in Cambridge.
I look forward to seeing you all at my last public show of 2015. Many thanks for your continued support, Jo.
Finally I would like to say to one of my favourite cities in the world - #VivaLaParis.
Box Full of Flowers
6 greeting cards
Box Full of Birds
6 greeting cards
Original solarplate etchings
Original solarplate etchings
My perfect weekend consists of…
Laughter – the sort of laughter where you cry and your cheeks hurt:-)
I would be starstruck if I met…
Grayson Perry just 'cause he's awesome! Or Annie Leibovitz because I have been a fan of her work for many years.
In a film of my life, I would be played by…
Meryl Streep because she can make anyone look deep and meaningful.
The best thing ever invented is…
Lipstick because sadly I can't go out without it.
Something I loathe in people is…
Insincerity and lack of empathy.
Something people would be surprised to know about me is…
I have medals in ballroom dancing:-) Yes really.
My home is…
My sanctuary but also my workplace…
It makes me angry when…
People are cruel to animals.
A film I’ve seen more than 5 times is…
Four Weddings and a Funeral - the opening lines make me chuckle every time.
My earliest memory is…
Mark Perry pushing me off my chair on the first day of nursery school. He may have forgotten but I haven't:-)
I think cosmetic surgery is…
Something I am not interested in. I like my wrinkles - I've earned them:-)
I feel sorry for…
The birds in my garden because my cat is an ace predator.
The most important thing to teach a child is…
Empathy, compassion, love and tolerance and a healthy distrust of authority.
In moments of weakness I tend to…
Eat chocolate and drink too much wine.
If I could know the truth behind one unsolved mystery, I would pick…
The disappearance of Amelia Earhart.
My mother taught me…
To think outside the box.
The best thing I ever ate was…
The chocolate and wine I last ate - see my moments of weakness above:-)
The best holiday I ever went on was…
Recently being in Jordan experiencing crazy things with my teenage children.
I hereby vow that I will never, ever…
Ride a camel ever again.
I wish I could go back in time and tell my 13-year-old self…
Forget dreaming about being a racing driver and keep going with the art…
I have been working on a new collection of products using my solarplate etchings that will be launched at the Cambridge Showcase exhibition on 23 November 2015.
'Twittering' is all about the birds. They fly free and I always lose my sense of time while watching them against the ever-changing skies.
You will find ten new oil paintings available to purchase at the VK Gallery until Saturday 31 October 2015. The exhibition is all about Autumn and I am exhibiting alongside Nicky Chubb with ceramics by Sarah Went.
The Gallery is situated right by the Bridge in the historic city of St Ives. For directions please go to their website.
I will be at the Gallery from 10am until 12 noon on Saturday 24th October 2015. It will be nice to see you there.
From 1 October 2015 you will be able to purchase my latest collection of paintings from the VK Gallery.
They range from framed oil on wood panels 43 x 33cm to the largest canvas of 90 x 90cm.
I will be in the Gallery during the afternoon of Saturday 24 October. For more details please go to the VK Gallery website.
I am currently working on a new range of small solarplate etchings. They are quite a departure for me as they feature a series of birds.
In September 2015 Cambridge-based bookbinder Edel Hopkin will be running daytime bookbinding classes from my Gallery area.
These will be followed in October by my brand new one-day solarplate printmaking class and in November with Further Bookbinding.
The Beginners class will focus on four very different books along with a matching slipcase in which to store your prototype collection. They are (l to r right) Journal, Quarter, Leporello and Japanese Stab bindings. Each class deals with one book and you leave with the skills, confidence and instructions to repeat the process at home or 'mix and match' to come up with your unique design. This is a great opportunity to learn a new craft which can easily translate to a lifetime of gorgeous notebooks or personalised gifts!
Edel has used my etchings as inspiration for the covers and as a lining for the slipcase. So many practising artists have attended Edel's bookbinding classes in the past year. She hopes this will inspire them further and those wishing to diversify and use their work in new or different ways.
If you would like more information, visit edel.uk.net or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Places are getting booked up so book your slot now.
I will be opening my doors from 11 am until 6pm this weekend for Cambridge Open Studios 2015.
You will find lots to see. Oil paintings, solarplate etchings, gifts and greeting cards.
Come along and say hello. Refreshments and easy parking throughout the day.
From Thursday 2 July my new workshops in solarplate fine art etching will become available.
To book please go to my Eventbrite page.
It will be a great way to create something unique and learn a new skill as well as meet new people. The workshops will begin in my studio in Cambridge but I will be available to take classes elsewhere from October 2015.
I have four solarplate etchings on display at Heffers Bookshop until Monday 20 July. This small display, in the art section is part of Cambridge Open Studios.
Tess Ainley and Emma Bennett, also Cambridge-based Artists have work on display too.
Many thanks to Heffers.
On Saturday 11 July from 10 - 1 pm I will be taking part in a 'live window' at Cambridge Contemporary Art in Trinity St. More details to follow but come along and watch me ink up plates and etch with a portable etching press.
Details of my new solarplate etching workshops will be released during my Cambridge Open Studios exhibition. My studio and gallery will be open during the 1st and third weekend - 4/5, 18/19 July 2015. I have a mixture of work on sale, however new oil paintings will be released at the exhibition at the VK Gallery in St Ives from 1 October 2015.
Drop in and say hello:-)
I am looking forward to tomorrow as students from Murray Edwards College, Cambridge University are visiting my studio and gallery space.
Murray Edwards College currently holds the largest collection of women’s art in Europe. Meanwhile, in the vicinity of the college, local artists work on a variety of projects. Charlotte Morrison has organised the student visits in order to merge these two worlds together.
You will find a selection of my greeting cards from my original solarplate etchings at Urban Larder on Mill Road.
At Urban Larder there is an emphasis on great local food and produce, good coffee, and they also display work from local artists and designers. Duncan, the owner is creating a fabulous space with an industrial edge to it so do swing by and take a look at the reinvention.
Urban Larder opens at 7.30am on weekdays and coffees are £1.50 before 11am on Takeaway Fridays.
With immediate effect Cambridge Contemporary Art in Trinity St, Cambridge will stock the complete range of myCambridge Walkabout polymer gravure original etchings. Please contact the Gallery directly to purchase. The Gallery will also stock my Cambridge Walkabout boxed sets of greeting cards.
The Rachel Dormor Gallery at Burwash Manor stocks some of my original landscape prints. Also you will find a selection of my floral and oil landscape greeting cards.
And while you are there you can purchase wonderful Rachel Dormor ceramics, crochet by Suzanne Hurst and jewellery by Bek Genery and Birgitte Brauun.
Every Friday, from April 10 2015 I will be at the Gallery from 10 - 5 pm. Drop in and say hello.
For more information visit the Burwash website.
Here are a few photos from the exhibition at Addenbrooke's Arts. The show is on until 7 May 2015.
All work is for sale and 25% of the proceeds will go to Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust.
In March 2012 my husband Luke, at the age of 50, had major heart surgery at Papworth Hospital. While waiting with him in the recovery room I watched 8 patients be revived by the most amazing team of nurses and doctors. During those five hours I made a decision to do something that I would find challenging while raising money for the British Heart Foundation. I set myself a target of raising £5,000 in one year from March 2012 – April 2013.
To challenge myself I enlisted on a self-funded 100km trek in the Sahara Desert in March 2013 to mark the end of my year of fund raising. The Glimpses solarplate etchings on exhibition at Addenbrooke's Arts represent walks I took during the 11 months of preparation while training for the Sahara trek. They range from Cambridge Colleges on a summer’s day, in the Peak District in snow, on the coastal paths of Norfolk, around the fields of Cambridgeshire and also a trek in the mountains of Coorg, Southern India.
At the end of my fund raising year I exceeded my target and raised £9,895. I split the funds between the British Heart Foundation, the Joe Herrington Memorial Fund (this funds screening for heart conditions in teenagers through CRY) and the American Heart Association. I finished the 5-day, 119km trek in 39ºC temperatures, with shredded feet- exhausted but happy.
This series of work is dedicated to those friends who walked, laughed, encouraged and inspired me during my year of fund raising.
My ‘Glimpses’ collection of eight small, square solarplate relief etchings are all in varied editions of 25. Some of my hand-pulled original print editions will include chine collé, gold or silver leaf, or might have some additions of hand colouring using watercolour pencils. All my work is printed on Somerset 100% cotton printmaking paper. I only use specialised lightfast oil printmaking inks.
Dedicated to the following people
Ali Woollatt, Julie Broomfield, Lisa Kennedy, Tiggr Dearden, Vicki Shepherd, Tania Brint, Gail DeFries, Ruth Nicholls, Rebecca Cicolecchia, Mateja Jamnik, Clarisse Briend, Diana Day, Shirley Shipton, Helen Druiff, Barbara Taylor, Ute Semrau-Boughton, Karrie Fuller, Lesley Tubb, Tricia Beasley, Penny Chudleigh, Christine Latham, Karen Austin, Elaine Robinson and Beth Aplin.
You will find etchings and monoprints on display and some selected solarplate etchings. The Gallery opened its doors last week after taking over the Burwash Art site from painter Cheryl Warren who is soon to be off on an exciting travel schedule.
I will have 26 etchings on display at Addenbrooke's Arts from 12 March 2015. More details will follow but here are 4 etchings from the range.
Forest Walk 1/25
Fragile Stems 12/25