Jo Newman : Influential practitioner, educator and maker.
BA Fashion & Textiles, Winchester School of Art
MA Art & Design: Interdisciplinary Practices, Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University
Lecturer: Illustration, Birmingham City University
Jo Newman grew up on the edge of Dartmoor, isolated from city life and surrounded by open spaces. Devoid of social interaction, the Internet and the burden of commercialism, an exasperating reliance on community transport lead to a compatibility with hitch hiking, walking the hills and wandering the lanes to define her creative future.
Her current work speculates on new ways of living, adaption, Nomadic movement, narrative, and environmental circumstances.
As a University lecturer, the pedagogy of Illustration forms a major part of her day to day teaching; feeding directly into creative enrichment activities which look at the relationships between Space, Performance, Drawing and Response to evaluate learner motivation; exposition; direction of activity; criticism; and imitation.
This is new, emerging and ongoing research.
Stroud International Textiles, Select Exhibition
Margaret Street, Birmingham - Strange Attractors
Prato Art & Fashion Exhibition, Italy
Newlyn Art Gallery Cornwall
Collaboration with costume designer Trevor Collins:
The Crafts Council UK
Phantom of the Opera
Torvil and Dean, Fire and Ice
Royal Shakespeare Company
Welsh National Opera
Saturday Night at the Paladium
Performances for Television
Craftmanship, narrative and process is integral with all her work and teaching.