Jo Angell is an artist and designer, working across a variety of fields
I live and work in London and recently in the North East Essex riverside town of Wivenhoe.
I formally trained and worked as a graphic designer for over 20 years.
Later, I followed my passion for textiles and materials and studied for an MA at Central St Martins entitled ‘Textile Futures’ 2006-2008. During this period, I found a new voice and experimented with a range of new mediums which continues to be an evolving creative journey in both art and design.
A project using 3d patterned surfaces at Central St Martins, led to commissions for Louis Vuitton and The Chelsea Flower Show. A hand drawn and screenprinted wallpaper collection led to further wallpaper commissions.
I developed my knowledge in digital printing onto textiles and paper, and began producing and selling a range of products to design conscious shops and direct to customers. However, I began to become frustrated by the administrative workload which was limiting my development of new creative work.
When I won a competition to create some original work for a new gallery space, The Hasler Gallery, in 2014, I found a new freedom to experiment on a larger scale and fill a blank space with installation pieces and prints.
I had used paint and ink as a starting point to create my digital prints, and I became interested in exploring paint in it’s raw textural state on a variety of surfaces. Taking short courses in fine art painting and printmaking and joining the community of a new print workshop in Wivenhoe has led me to experiment further with lino, wood, and solar plates. Pattern, colour, shapes had always been my building blocks. I continue to develop new work inspired by nature and my current passion, the changing landscapes of tidal environments.
I continue to work in the design field and recently won a commission to create a range of household products featuring botanical designs inspired by Marianne North for Art UK, an organisation set up to showcase the UK's public art collections. This will be launched at the end of 2018.
If you'd like to follow my current work you can find me on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/joangell/
or do drop me an email to discuss any projects.