Jo Whiteland

Jo discovered her passion for batik whilst working with artists in Kota Baharu on the east coast of Malaysia in 1991. On returning to the UK she moved to Bristol and has continued to develop her own style of batik, repeating motifs to give the works life, depth and a sense of movement. The natural world provides an unlimited source of inspiration – her love of wildlife is reflected in her work.  Her father is a keen birdwatcher & fisherman, so as a child  this is where she learnt much about and a love for birds and British wildlife.
​Jo works on white cotton lawn fabric using traditional wax pens & brushes to apply wax and painting on dyes to build up layers to give depth and colour. A final dip in the dye bath creates  the characteristic crackled effect.
Jo also produces etched glass to commission using wax as a resist before sandblasting and more recently have moved into textile design using a range of her images to produce fabric for handmade lampshades and cushions

She have exhibited widely in the West Country (including WWT Slimbridge, & artist in residence at Nature in Art) and at SWLA open exhibition in London.  Her numerous commissions include  health centres, and corperate, charitable trusts and private clients.  Jo also teach batik to individuals and community and school workshops producing large batik banners.

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