Jo was introduced to traditional rug hooking while living in the United States, became
hooked on the technique of “painting with wool”, and went on to become an accredited
Returning to Australia, her interest turned to the use of recycled fabrics and creating
her own designs for rugs, wall hangings, wearables and three-dimensional pieces.
A member of TIGHR (Editor of Hooking Matters; 2009-12) she began an international
adventure in fibre art, traveling overseas to attend rug hooking conferences and
teach at workshops. While at home, as Editor, Assistant Webmaster and now Facebook
administrator, for the Australian Rugmakers Guild she was instrumental in setting
up community rug hooking groups, and playing a key role in supporting isolated rug
hookers across the country.
Jo also belongs to the Western Australian Fibre & Textile Association. Determined
to promote rug hooking to this group of fibre artists, she has entered hooked pieces
in various exhibitions in an attempt to up-cycle a craft to an art form.
Having spent much time and energy promoting rug hooking, Jo is now keen to extend
her own rug hooking boundaries by participating in the experience of Plein Aire Hooking.