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)
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.