Collection: Jo Owen

Drawing the human figure has always preoccupied me, the studies are initially worked into with a variety of mediums. These don’t always work, but ideas emerge subconsciously as I think on paper and fabric searching for mediums that connect with me and are also suited to the work.

The fascinating textural qualities produced by manipulating, layering, and stitching cloth are endlessly explored.

I hand dye transparent fabrics and group them in all their various hues around me as I work, this palette of colour is layered together giving depth to the image. Repeatedly stitching over these layers disrupts the surface creating a 3D effect unachievable by paint and traditional graphic mediums alone.

Parts of the work are meticulous in detail, other areas are more spontaneous and fluid, the contrast is vital to the work, I aim to distil and simplify the image.