I am a textile artist and designer based in the Staffordshire countryside, making luxury textile wall hangings, cushions, lampshades and chairs inspired by British wildlife. Living in this lovely county is a constant source of inspiration for me, from the huge variety of birds that visit my garden, to the fallow deer on Cannock Chase. I love to interpret their colours and textures in a range of glorious fabrics coupled with fine, detailed stitching in my unique style.
All of the work you can see on this website is available to buy - either for yourself or as a gift. If you have a particular idea in mind that you'd like me to create for you, please get in touch!
My Textile History
Sewing is my absolute passion and I began by making little outfits for my teddy at the age of about five. However, at age 13, my sewing teacher indicated that I was not even worth entering in for a qualification! That was fine by me as I did not feel inspired to make a drab, boring apron for the exam anyway and I have never been one to stay 'within the lines', much preferring to run away with my own creative enthusiasm!
During my degree in Textile Design I won several design awards and later went on to sell my woven creations to Habitat, amongst other renowned places.
My work can now be found in galleries across the UK. I am proud to say that I have been a member of Gallery at 12, an artists’ co-operative and gallery in Eccleshall, Staffordshire since 2009.
I have spent the last few years developing the Jo Hill range of embroidered designs, producing detailed embroidery work that I am passionate about and is exclusively made by me. These original designs include wall hangings, cushions, lampshades and chairs.
"My luxury textile pieces are inspired by the beautiful British countryside, in particular its diverse range of wildlife that is so often hiding in amongst the grasses and the trees."
Luxury Textile Collections
Everything on this website is available to purchase.
The range of Original Textiles includes wall hangings, cushions, lampshades and chairs. Each item takes several hours - sometimes days! - to complete but the end result is so worth it. I really focus on attention to detail in creating these pieces and make sure to select the perfect fabric to do justice to the particular animal or bird that I'm interpreting.
The original textiles would look stunning in any home and become a real talking point. They are all designed to work alongside each other as one collection so feel free to mix and match designs based on your own tastes and wildlife interests.
My new range of Homewares was launched in April 2017 and is designed with the contemporary home in mind. Choose from a complementary range of British wildlife designs, all professionally printed onto cushions, wall canvasses, coasters, tea towels and greetings cards.
They are high-quality prints of my originally textile designs. You can also buy letterbox gifts which feature these designs, made to fit straight through the letterbox!
The Design Process
Colour, texture and pattern are central to my design process. Every piece of work is unique due to the variations in the materials and techniques that I select. The colour palette of my signature style echoes the magnificent range of colours found in nature, and I hand-dye many of my fabrics to achieve the perfect colour. Fine, detailed stitching allows me to really explore the wonderful year-round details that the countryside displays.
My finely-developed style uses appliqué and free-motion embroidery, a technique that I have really refined over the years. I use the sewing machine to 'draw' the details of the wildlife on with thread and to bring the piece to life.
"We are incredibly lucky to be surrounded by so much nature and I want to invite you to share a little piece of it in your own home, interpreted with sumptuous fabrics and delicate stitching in my own unique style."
Commissions are always welcome! I love being able to take a customer's idea and apply my own unique interpretation to create something lovely. I am lucky that customers really appreciate the time and attention that goes into handmade items. Each commissioned piece is bespoke and this becomes a real focal point in your home.
I am proud to say that all of my original textiles are handmade by me in Great Britain with love, joy and lots of passion! Please use the top menu to view the items in my range. You can also contact me to discuss commission requirements; I would be happy to hear from you.
See below for my best-selling selection of contemporary textile pieces and latest workshops: