Instinctively Joan has always analysed the natural world through pencil and paper, textile, stitch and paint. An acknowledged perfectionist her skills extend to fine art, fashion and textile design, rooted in her formative years designing and making dolls and dolls’ clothes inspired by her mother’s dress-making business. Exposure at London Fashion Week as well as on the fashion and design desks at the Daily Telegraph, and travel to major international fashion destinations has helped to give her work vitality and relevance.
Largely figurative, the narrative that underpins and continually informs Joan’s work involves the interaction between man and his environment. Her drawing skills respond naturally to free machine embroidery, so much of her textiles draw on this medium to create a plethora of arts and crafts and fascinating textile compositions. Her continued interest in old master paintings and associated historical data helps her to maintain the exacting and demanding standards she sets herself.
2007 … City & Guilds (Embroidery) Parts 1 & 2 – Richmond Adult and Community College
2002 … BA Hons Fashion Studies – London College of Fashion part of University of the Arts
1997 … BTEC Diploma, Art & Design – Fashion (incl. textile design)
Phoenix Contemporary Textile Group (PCTG)
Embroiderers’ Guild (Kingston & District Branch / Isleworth & District Branch)
University of the Arts Alumni
2014 … ‘Threads of Conversation’, Robert Phillips Gallery, Walton-on-Thames
2011 … ‘Old World New Eye’, Robert Phillips Gallery, Walton-on-Thames
2011 … ‘Kingston – Who do you think you are?’, Kingston Museum Art Gallery
2009 … ‘Concrete, Steel, Cloth’, Robert Phillips Gallery, Walton-on-Thames
2009 … ‘Branching Out’ – Isleworth & District Guild – Gunnersbury Museum
2002 … Graduate exhibition, London College of Fashion, London W1
2004 – Intellectual Property, Registration Number 3018065
2010 – Issue 98 of Felt Matters, magazine of the International Feltmakers’ Association