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Jo Blaker

MA work

My practice is based on a playful and intuitive approach to image making. I draw in two and three dimensions to re-interpret historical and contemporary materials, artefacts and craft processes.


By improvising techniques that allude to traditional craft skills, my recent drawings explore the narrative potential of the handmade. The traces left by a maker are open invitations to the imagination. Subjective interpretation enriches objective accounts, which are in essence open to speculation and inaccuracy. My practice explores this fluidity of interpretation, simultaneously reflecting upon the social history of craft and commenting on contemporary material culture.


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Communication

    Programme

    MA Visual Communication, 2011

  • My practice is based on a playful and intuitive approach to image making. I draw in two and three dimensions to re-interpret historical and contemporary materials, artefacts and craft processes.


    By improvising techniques that allude to traditional craft skills, my recent drawings explore the narrative potential of the handmade. The traces left by a maker are open invitations to the imagination. Subjective interpretation enriches objective accounts, which are in essence open to speculation and inaccuracy. My practice explores this fluidity of interpretation, simultaneously reflecting upon the social history of craft and commenting on contemporary material culture.


  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons), Graphic Design and Advertising, Bucks New University, 2005
  • Experience

  • Artist and freelance facilitator, Intoart, London, 2009-11; Education projects officer, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Sandy, 2006-8; Education assistant, Geffrye Museum, London, 2006-7; Freelance interpretation designer, The Woodland Trust, Grantham, 2005-7
  • Exhibitions

  • Alternative Press Fair, St.Aloysius Social Club, London, 2011; Back Down to Earth, Royal College of Art, 2010; Unfold, Royal College of Art, 2010; Open, Cafe Gallery Projects, London, 2009