Inspiration

Jo at work A

I am a Clinical Psychologist turned weaver, and I teach Mindfulness Meditation. My work is strongly influenced by neuroscience (click here to read more) and is an intimate reflection of my personal journey: making meaning of challenging experiences, honouring my heart and soul, have guided me to the richness of creative expression.

Following a personal health crisis and the loss of a dear friend to breast cancer, there was no time to waste and the welcome return to creativity has been a homecoming. For me, weaving is a meditation……. it is a slow process.  It is my deep wish that others can experience and cultivate feelings of joy – a vital feeling to balance the suffering in life – through creativity.

I believe that the importance of creativity, joy, beauty and rapture are deep human needs. The art of tapestry weaving can express beauty and what it means to be human in this world: there is no ‘quick-fix’ to a fulfilling life and the focus required in the making of it brings me much-treasured peace. Another key inspiration is the natural world, and my deep appreciation of plant and animal worlds: the order, structure, colours and cycles.  I am deeply grateful that the natural world is on my doorstep, on the River Dart, in Devon.

Connecting with the threads of our weaving ancestors offers a heartfelt continuity with the social history and lives of women throughout the ages.  On a personal level, I deeply value how weaving connects me with my grandparents, Letitia and Charles, who ran a tailoring and weaving business in Ireland.

 Themes of my work

TSpritehreads catching light’ is a theme of my work. For me, it symbolizes the gold which emerges from those wounded places in ourselves when they are ‘broken open.’ An intention of my current work is to speak to the beauty that can blossom from within us when we can tenderly embrace those wounds. I am touched by how the Japanese art of Kintsugi gives expression to this concept in the form of gold and precious metals used to repair broken ceramics: the beauty of the gold in the break enhances the overall beauty. Of course, embracing our human frailty also means finding a way of being with our imperfections, even celebrating them, and so I make space for wabi sabi,  the honouring of impermanence and imperfection, which of course is part of our humanity.

On my personal path I have known threads of light to evoke a sublime presence and peace – I wish for that to be conveyed in my work and offer you the ‘songs of my soul.’