Hello I’m Jo, a Crawley-based Graphic Designer and Community Artist and Make Bright is a site bringing all my relevant work together.
After Art College, I trained as a Sign Designer and then went on to study Visual Culture at the University of Brighton, where I taught after graduating in 2006. In 2008 I was offered a position as Artist and Arts Co-ordinator for St Catherine’s Day Hospice, here my Community Arts work began. I enjoyed it so much I have carried on whilst continuing with my design practice and have since led projects and collaborated with other artists and community organisations as an artist and a designer.
I’ve been really lucky to work with some great people, orgs and projects locally; Ginger Moo, Crawley Arts Development Team, Crawley Library Community Team and Creative Future to name a few.
I love both aspects of my work, facilitating creative projects and designing, both feed into each other and keeps my work life nice and varied.
I think creativity is important in our environment, our media and our lives. I think art can be useful as well as beautiful and I think there is a lot to be said for holism, even in work. I work with small businesses, the public sector, charities, community organisations and equality campaigns.
I think cultural producers have a responsibility for what they put out into the world as media and the arts are very powerful, especially visual media. I consider work carefully and do my best to work mainly with ethical organisations and companies.
I love a cuppa and a chat so if you’d like to know more about working with me do get in touch.