|After an initial career as a graphic designer, Jo Angell returned to Central St Martins to follow a lifelong passion in textiles, studying on the innovative MA Textile Futures. Her design work has included award-winning wallpaper designs for Graham & Brown, a prototype window display for Louis Vuitton and an innovative shade canopy for the Chelsea Flower Show, which won a gold medal. She also creates and sells her own digitally printed textile designs, scarves and other accessories.
During her MoDA/NFTT Residency, Jo shared her creativity and expertise with The Hasler Gallery through drawing on MoDA’s collection of Katagami stencils and Art Deco period drawings.
When exploring the Barnet area Jo was surprised to find a similar incongruous object, a Ginkgo tree that had recently been planted in North Finchley’s High Road. Her installation focuses on the way these unfamiliar objects interact within their new environment. Her installation comprises a waterfall of Ginkgo leaves made from stenciled handmade papers juxtaposed with a series of panelled textile designs inspired by the hidden art deco facade of an original department store in Finchley.
“In the Silver Studio,” Jo says, “exotic motifs travelled and were re-interpreted into homes across suburban London, and were initially incongruous to the setting.” Similarly, her residency project began with this question: “Has anyone spotted the Ginkgo trees on Finchley High Road near the arcade?”
To see Jo's design journey, visit her MoDA project page. You can see more of her work on www.joangell.com.