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Name: Jo Gallant

Medium:Textiles

Jo Gallant’s textile work combines dye-painting, machine embroidery quilting and construction, and the putting together of fabrics with contrasting and complementary textures.

Her range of cushions and scarves combine hand dyeing and putting together a variety of fabrics and textures.  Many of the cushions feature quirky animals and birds or references to the local landscape.

Jo also make one-off wall-hangings, many done to commission, in which she uses a wide variety of techniques and combinations of materials from fine silk organzas and deep rich velvets to pieces of plastic flotsam and sea-washed glass collected from beaches.   Some pieces are semi three-dimensional and they range in size from about 30cm square to panels covering whole walls.

The hand-dyed fabrics are chosen to exploit the way in which different materials will take the dye and reflect colour and light in different ways, as well as the immediate response to particular textures.  She also uses transparency to play with ideas concerning light, reflection, shadow and movement.

While Jo’s  work is strongly influenced by landscape and the environment, she is now moving increasingly towards the abstract, and experimenting with other forms, techniques and materials”.

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 competition to design wall-hanging for Aston University Library.
1979-80    Taught weaving privately and for local authority in Devon.
1984           Started designing and making fabric wall-hangings and cushions after initiating community patchwork project in Suffolk
1987           Moved to Balnakeil Craft Village in Sutherland, set up workshop and shop.
1989-92    Involved in arts promotion for Durness and north-west Sutherland.
1992           Moved to Kirkcudbright.  Workshop and open studio in High Street.
2003-        Spring Fling Committee member and director

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS etc
2003-13    Participant in Spring Fling open studios event
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 (group)
2001        “Prononcez Coeur-cu-Brie”Gallerie du Bois d’Amour, PontAven, Brittanny(group)
1999        “Landlines” Shambellie House Museum of Costume (solo)
1998        “10×10” Crichton Royal Museum, Dumfries (group)
1997/99    “Paying Our Dues” touring exhibition (group)
1997        “Elements for Living” Tolbooth Art Centre, Kirkcudbright (group)
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
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 and Business Scotland
2000        Textile Panels for chapel at Royal Glamorgan Hospital
1998        Street Banners for Gaelforce Arts Festival
1998        Commission from Dumfries and Galloway Tourist Board for textile installation involving local groups
1998        Panels for St. Lawrence’s Church, South Walsham, Norfolk
1995-96  Wall-hangings for Dumfries Royal Infirmary.

Also numerous private commissions.

 

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I enjoy creating 2D patterns by way of repeating imagery I’ve either drawn or taken shapes from photographs.  A single motif is interesting in itself but the real magic

happens when I repeat and add unusual colour schemes so that spaces in between

become imagery in themselves and unconsciously evolve.

I spend time researching ideas behind collections so that certain designs have common themes and the process from beginning to end is very satisfying for me.

 Influences for each collection varies: past collections have taken inspiration from

different cultures, in particular places I have visited like Japan. Also shapes in nature are always a great source of inspiration as well as urban landscapes for my more

geometrical designs and art movements in history are a constant influence when

rendering the style of application.
My artwork is digitally printed onto fine wools; pure silks; natural linens; and crisp

cottons. The fabrics are then sold by the metre; or made into various products such as kimono; wraparound reversible skirts; cushions; wall hangings; scarves; capes; limited edition prints; bags and purses. I also enjoy deliberately juxtaposing designs together in patchwork to create one-off fabrics which can be worn as skirts, kimonos etc or commissioned as unique statement pieces for the home like curtains, throws,

bedspreads, wall hangings…
My work is developing and evolving constantly and for 2011 I will be working on

conceptual-based surface patterns which can be applied to various media through the digital process, for example, wallpaper and ceramics.

 

Available Works from Jo Gallant