Jo Elbourne makes taut and layered textile works using a simple yet exacting technique which evolved through earlier explorations in seat-weaving.
It is a pared-down process, guided by an intuitive approach to proportion and colour, employing a single material and bound by the self-imposed confines of working only with parallel and perpendicular lines.
Her compositions achieve a sense of deep space and equilibrium through ordered layering and considered asymmetric arrangements. While they may be perceived as purely abstract works, ideas around continuity, flow, rhythm and redirection are recurring themes in her practice.
Jo Elbourne attended Wimbledon School of Art at foundation level and went on to earn a BA from Ravensbourne College of Design before working for several years as a menswear designer.
With an initial focus on creating objects of use, her early works were presented in the form of a small collection of chairs and stools at the 2O17 London Design Festival.
This distinctive take on the traditional craft of seat-weaving garnered critical attention and won an Elle Decoration British Design Award in the same year.
She has since turned her focus to creating non-functional pieces, preoccupied with the endless potential of a singular material and technique despite seemingly limited parameters.
Jo is based in the coastal town of Margate in the south east of England.
Portrait by Kat Green
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Materiality - Kindred House, Margate
An Act of Making - Yorkton Workshops, London
M.A.H x London Design Festival - 5O Vyner, London
FRAMED - Kobi & Teal, Somerset
In Company - Kobi & Teal, Somerset
Four - The Flower Factory, London
Modern Art Hire Launch - M.A.H Gallery, London
Three Point Turn - Kobi & Teal, Somerset
bauhaus - Kobi & Teal, Somerset
Turnbull & friends - Turnbull & Asser, London
Salon - Resort, Margate
Ensemble - Assembly Point, London
Artisan Retreat - RHS Chelsea, London
LDF - Truman Brewery, London
Collection Point - Kobi & Teal, Somerset
Making Space - Kobi & Teal, Somerset
RESORT 4 - Pie Factory, Margate
British Craft Pavilion, LDF - Truman Brewery, London
Mixing Signals - Kobi & Teal, Somerset
Resort Revue - Resort, Margate
Come Out To Play - Resort, Margate