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Jo Angell is an award-winning designer who works from a studio in the shadow of London’s Alexandra Palace. Over the early years of her career she built a reputation for elegant graphic design, with an impressive international portfolio of film and theatre posters to her name.
In recent years, her focus has shifted to the design of textiles, wallpaper, prints and cards, stocked by the likes of Tate Modern. Each design is imbued with Jo’s signature passion for colour and pattern, and a desire to put a smile on people’s faces.
"I was about five in the picture below. Throughout my childhood I was always drawing, sewing, making things. After a mildly rebellious adolescence, art college was the only place for me, and a foundation course at St Martins and a degree in graphic design followed.
Graphics is where my career began and continued for over twenty enjoyable years. This included designing film and theatre posters, books, logos, and spending two years in a New York design studio. I set up my own studio working from home after my children were born.
In the early 2000s, an exciting digital revolution was brewing and this was not only affecting my graphics work. Digital fabric and paper printing, laser cutting and other technologies enabled people to make small quantities of products themselves locally and sustainably. I was keen to use my skills and be part of this revolution.
My journey to this end involved returning to study for two years for an MA in ‘Textile Futures’ at Central St Martins in 2006. This course was incredible and mind expanding and whilst I thought I would learn about textile design, in reality it covered many areas. My tutor encouraged me to draw and “get off” computers and I was thrilled to be awarded first prize for an industry sponsored competition for wallpapers which I created with pen and ink drawings which I then hand silk-screen printed. The theme was ‘sustainability’ and illustrated the endangered ‘bittern’ birds.
I also worked with digital techniques, including laser-cutting and ended up making a collection of patterned modular shade canopies.
After graduating, these projects led me to commissions including a prototype window display for Louis Vuitton; a shade canopy for a The Chelsea Flower Show garden which won a gold medal; and wallpaper design commissions. I began to develop my own designs for fabric and paper and these products are continually evolving. I recently won a gallery commission which was an exciting development into more large scale work.
I love passing on what I have learnt and teach digital design skills at the CIty Lit and Mary Ward Centre in London and have also been involved in a number of schools projects. I am passionate about encouraging children to draw, make and think and recent projects have included recycled materials and bird migration.
I am obsessed with pattern and colour and find inspiration everywhere: plant forms, buildings or simply from a random doodle. People have observed my work reflects a midcentury modern style which is fine with me as I love this period of design."
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