ABOUT

Jo Elbourne makes taut and layered textile works, preoccupied with the seemingly endless potential of her practice, despite its limited parameters.

It is a pared-down process with a simple yet exacting technique, rooted in the act of repetition, guided by an intuitive approach to proportion and a deeply felt relationship to colour.

Her compositions create a sense of space and equilibrium holding ideas around continuity, flow, rhythm and redirection through considered asymmetric arrangements.

A singular material - braided cotton - is used both in its raw state and as a carrier of colour. Cumulatively these rows of cord form a series of pathways and intersecting moments into abstract narratives.

Jo Elbourne attended Wimbledon School of Art at foundation level and went on to earn a BA from Ravensbourne College of Design before a career in clothing design.

In 2O17, with an initial focus on creating objects of use, Jo's early works - a small collection of chairs and stools with woven seats - were selected for the British Craft Pavilion at London Design Festival. Her distinctive take on a traditional technique garnered critical attention and won an Elle Decoration British Design Award in the same year.

Although initially recognised for furniture pieces, Jo's attention naturally turned towards exploring her ideas free from the limitations of functionality. 

She is based in the coastal town of Margate in southeast England.

Portrait by Kat Green 

EXHIBITIONS

2O22

(Forthcoming) Starting Here - Rodić Davidson, London

Gathering Ground - Kobi & Teal, Somerset (View online)

Materiality - Kindred House, Margate 

2O21

An Act of Making - Yorkton Workshops, London

M.A.H x London Design Festival - 5O Vyner, London

FRAMED - Kobi & Teal, Somerset

2O2O

In Company - Kobi & Teal, Somerset

2O19

Four - The Flower Factory, London

Modern Art Hire - M.A.H Gallery, London

Three Point Turn - Kobi & Teal, Somerset

bauhaus - Kobi & Teal, Somerset

Showcase - 67 York Street, London

Turnbull & friends - Turnbull & Asser, London

Salon - Resort, Margate

2O18

Ensemble - Assembly Point, London

Artisan Retreat - RHS Chelsea, London

British Craft Pavilion - London Design Festival

Collection Point - Kobi & Teal, Somerset

Making Space - Kobi & Teal, Somerset

RESORT 4 - Pie Factory, Margate

2O17

British Craft Pavilion - Truman Brewery, London

Mixing Signals - Kobi & Teal, Somerset

Resort Revue - Resort, Margate

2O16

Come Out To Play - Resort, Margate

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Jo Elbourne Portrait 2019 by Kat Green.j