Cannock Chase in Stitch

The popular destination of Cannock Chase is home to a huge variety of wildlife, and local textile artist Jo Hill has been commissioned to create a brand new range of work to celebrate this. Jo is a member of the artists’ co-operate based at Gallery at 12 in Eccleshall; the co-operative are members of Simply Staffordshire. The artwork will be on display at the Museum of Cannock Chase and visitors will be able to view the exhibition this summer. The exhibition, entitled ‘Cannock Chase in Stitch’, features a range of contemporary interior textile designs inspired by the wildlife found on the Chase and will be on display until Sunday 13th August.

Visitors will be able to view and buy a specially selected range of Jo’s work that includes stitched depictions of birds, deer and the landscape of Cannock Chase, amongst many other new designs.

Jo is a textile artist and designer based just outside of Stone. She creates luxury textile wall hangings, cushions, lampshades and chairs inspired by British wildlife and her work can be found in galleries across the UK.

Jo uses appliqué and free-motion embroidery in her work, using the sewing machine to ‘draw’ the details of the wildlife on with thread to bring the piece to life. Jo has spent several years developing her unique style of design and this also involves hand-dyeing many of her fabrics to achieve the perfect colour to match the countryside that she depicts.

Everything on display in the exhibition will be available to buy or commission: designs are available as complete collections which include lampshades, cushions and wall hangings. You can also view them here: http://www.johilltextiles.co.uk/cannock-chase-exhibition

The museum is located at Valley Road, Hednesford, Staffordshire and is open every day, 11am – 5pm. For more information on Jo and to see further examples of her work, please visit her website.