All of the materials used in Jo Atherton’s work have been found on the tideline. In her weaving and printing, she is inspired by the stories these orphaned objects have to tell. Her work highlights the diversity of plastic items washing ashore and how the ubiquity of this material characterises the geological age of human influence – the Anthropocene.
Jo has exhibited her work at a number of national and international venues including the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, London Luton Airport and the Fringe Arts Bath Festival. She frequently speaks about her work with found objects as a way of exploring the zeitgeist and has recently been invited to speak at the University of Cambridge as part of their Curious Objects exhibition. She has spoken at PechaKucha and TED events, and enjoys running creative workshops for both adults and schoolchildren.
Jo has written for Elementum Journal, The Journal of Weavers Spinners & Dyers and the Plastic Pollution Coalition. She is currently writing 50 Things, an anthology of objects collected on the UK coastline, exploring storytelling through material culture. She returned to Brisons Veor, Cape Cornwall, for a second time in December 2016 as Artist in Residence.
Forthcoming Talk – University of Cambridge’s Curious Objects exhibition from 12.30 – 13.30 on 21st March 2017.