I don’t consider myself a textile person thanks to my grade 8 Home Ec. teacher, Mrs. Talerico. I wasn’t good at matching up pattern pieces on the sewing machine and was too anxious about getting to the end product to fully concentrate on the process, so grade 8 and two or 3 pillow covers later I moved on. This isn’t to say that I don’t appreciate clothing and furniture fabric, it’s that I don’t know a lot about it. In fact, there’s a whole universe of knowledge about textile if you look, it’s development throughout human history, it’s terminology and it’s ever-changing technical advancements, not to forget it’s effects on the planet (here).
I guess Jo Deeley never met Mrs. Talerico. Ironically though, she’s a high school teacher herself and I’ll bet she has endless amounts of patience, as her work shows…
And from her website…’I work with different textures and methods to create sculptural shapes and designs. I am particularly interested in making three dimensional fabrics using traditional methods, weaving, knitting, plaiting and knotting as well as more untraditional methods by folding and pressing fabric.
My ideas develop and change over different projects and are reactions to images seen and research built up in my sketchbooks. Pieces are often driven by the process or technique I am using, but I am also inspired by patterns and structures in nature as well as man-made buildings and constructions. I also use museums as a great source of information and learning which informs my work’.