Jo Blaker is an artist & designer, working on the edge of the West Yorkshire moors in the village of Marsden.
Jo works with a variety of image making processes to capture & communicate the sense of wonder she finds in the forms, cycles & rhythms of the natural world. A soft minimalist with a love of the handmade, she strives to create humble yet symbolic images which distil universal experiences of nature.
The imagery in Jo’s work is derived from her first hand observations of the natural world. These observations are made on a day to day basis in her everyday environment & further afield on walking holidays to remote places around the UK. Jo uses drawing, writing & photography to study, record & research, creating a body of material from which she can draw. Jo works by hand, often using ink & pencil, to generate designs that capture the calming flow or the vibrant swell of organic energy. The playful & thoughtful use of language in her work is informed by a continuous reading habit of nature based writing & artistic biographies.
Naturally playful, curious & experimental Jo’s formal design education encompassed photography, drawing, print-making, typography & illustration, on cross-disciplinary courses at Leeds College of Art & Design (BTEC National Diploma in Graphic Communication), Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College (BA (Hons) Graphic Design & Advertising) & the Royal College of Art (MA Visual Communication).
In 2018 Jo began applying her illustrations to products & her studio practice is currently focused on this aspect of her work. Alongside this she shares her passion for drawing & creativity with people of all ages, through projects, workshops & resources. Regular clients include The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park & Harewood House. Jo is a keen supporter of conservation, having previously worked for the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), Trees for Cities & the Woodland Trust. In 2019 Jo set up a local group to promote the work of nature based organisations in her area & in 2020 hopes to begin using her artwork to generate funds for conservation.
Tel +(44) 7793 744 577