Jo Coombes


Jo has embroidered from an early age, and joined the local branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild when she had her family. She broadened her skills on the City and Guilds Design and Craft course in 2002. Joining the Phoenix Contemporary Textile Group helped her to express more conceptual ideas.

Jo’s early work was inspired by contemporary artists, and in particular, the textural work of Cornish artist Kurt Jackson. She is now tackling themes that reflect her interest in human interaction, communication and behaviour, and is learning to create complex art cloth to express these conceptual ideas. Recently, she has exhibited with Prism, a group which challenges the boundaries of textile art.


2002-6 … City & Guilds Design and Craft


Embroiderers’ Guild
Phoenix Contemporary Textile Group (PCTG)
Wimbledon International Quilters


2016 … PCTG ‘Strata – a Stitched Excavation’, Walton on Thames
2016 … Wimbledon International Quilters
2016 … Festival of Quilts, Birmingham
2016 … C2C ‘A Sense of Community’, Weedon, Northants
2016 … Prism ‘Fracture’,Hoxton, London
2015 … ‘Lines of Communication’ Prism – Hoxton Arches, London
2014 … Festival of Quilts – NEC, Birmingham
2014 … ‘Threads of Conversation’ PCTG – Robert Phillips Gallery, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
2012 … ‘Between Cloth and a Hard Place’, 4 x 4 – Menier Gallery, London / Knitting & Stitching Show, London
2011 … ‘Old World, New Eyes’ PCTG – Robert Phillips Gallery, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
2010 … ‘Alton Estate Project’, PCTG –  Bank Gallery, Chobham, Surrey
2009 … RACC Exhibition, Richmond, Surrey
2009 … ‘Concrete, Steel, Cloth’ PCTG –  Robert Phillips Gallery, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
2009 … Exhibition for Volunteers’ Week, Embroiderers’ Guild, Hampton Court Palace, Surrey
2008 … Exhibition Cotman Gallery, Wimbledon, Surrey
2005/8 … ‘4 x 4’ – Menier Gallery, London
2007 … Knitting & Stitching Show (winner Texere Competition), Alexandra Palace, London

Exhibits with the Kingston & District Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild and the Wimbledon International Quilters