Fenwick encourages local artistic talent from Jo King
Jo King, a local artist and the art technician at Bracknell & Wokingham College displayed her work in Fenwick at The Lexicon after being picked to be one of the three artists to display their work at the pop-up shop. Jo’s inspiration for her artwork combines memories, solitude, nature and a love of Japan. The delicate prints Jo creates are line drawings which are transferred into silkscreen prints and monotype prints.
When asked what she wants people to feel when they look at her work, she replied:
“People tell me that my work looks solitude and emotive. I want people to feel happy and I just hope that they like it.”
Jo studied an Art & Design access course at Bracknell & Wokingham College which then allowed her to progress onto Farnham university as a mature student.
“The access course and tutors at the College really inspired me to start my degree.”
Jo’s degree is in 3D design (BA Hons), she studied jewellery and silversmithing. She started her own business in silversmithing but then went on to silkscreen printing after having her first child, taking printmaking evening classes in Guildford.
“I really enjoyed silkscreen printing, I fell in love with it and even liked it more than my silversmithing. I’ve been doing that for 10 years now.”
She is now exhibiting her work at various shows as well as working at Bracknell & Wokingham College as an art technician. Jo has exhibited at Chelsea Arts & Crafts Fair, London, Harrogate, Ochre Print Studio, Beaconsfield Art Fair and with Print at the Park Group at South Hill Park. An exhibition that Jo would love to go is the Brighton Art Fair.
When asked how she felt to be part of the exhibition in Fenwick, she exclaimed:
“I am chuffed. I love the new Lexicon, I didn’t shop the town very much before the Lexicon opened however now I am there 3 times a week. I used to talk to another artist in Fenwick’s, Sara Miller, and always wanted to get my work in here and now I have, even if only for the day. I am very proud to be showing my work in Fenwick.”
Highlights of Jo’s career include winning three awards, one of these being the goldsmiths award in London for her work. She also had her work printed on the front of a craftsman magazine. She plans to carry on exhibiting her work and working alongside creating her artwork.
If you want to find out more about the community art courses we offer, please see here – http://www.bracknell.ac.uk/courses/Leisure/courses/art
Check out some of Jo’s delicate prints here – https://heyjoeart.com/collections/all