Painting & Drawing, Mixed Media, Textiles
Working from her South Coast studio, she creates mixed-media paintings, illustrations and 3.D pieces inspired by the forest, sea and the animals that inhabit her world. She strives to live and work sustainably and mindfully and her practice has developed further with the introduction of plant dyeing with foraged plants and food waste and using as much recycled material as possible.
Her products range from greeting cards and prints, to large paintings and handcrafted, mixed-media pieces, crafted through a clever combination of naturally dyed, recycled fabric, wool, pencil, paper-cutting and Lino printing.
All of her art features a quirky cast of furry, feathered and scaly forest critters, folk inspired patterns and bold floral shapes.
About The Artist
In 2000 Jo studied Costume Design and Theatrical Make-up at the London College of Fashion with a view to working in creature and puppet workshops – but a love of illustration drew her to set up her own small publishing company, selling illustrated greeting cards to major retailers including Paperchase, Liberty, Selfridges, Harrods and John Lewis.
After moving to the New Forest in 2009, Jo fell in love with the enchanting surroundings and began to experiment with mixed media, texture and pattern and created her highly recognisable and richly textured, lifestyle brand, Deer Little Forest.
In 2013 she was nominated for the prestigious Henries ‘Most promising Artist/ Designer’ Award. She continues to work as the Creative Director at Koko-Rose Media, who are currently developing an animation for children’s television based on Jo’s FLORA OF THE FOREST character creation.