Joan Newall has a first class Honours degree in Textiles and Printmaking and is a Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. She began her studies by completing the City and Guilds Embroidered Textiles course at Craven College in Skipton followed by an HNC in Textiles where she gained a distinction.
Joan teaches Contemporary Textiles at Number 6 Studio Gallery in Pateley Bridge and over the last seven years has covered bookmaking and bookbinding, papermaking, machine embroidery and surface decoration to a very high standard. She has taught NCFE levels one and two but now runs private courses and workshops at Number 6. Joan also runs specialist textile workshops within the community as well as in schools and she believes that teaching extends her own practice which is a continuing learning process.
Joan is a member of Page Paper Stitch, a group which specialises in bookmaking and artists’ books and has exhibited at the International Book Fair at Leeds University on two occasions. She exhibits widely throughout Yorkshire and Cumbria both with Page Paper Stitch and as a solo exhibitor.
Joan’s own practice is concerned with narrative and process, with a strong leaning towards emotional and autobiographical life events. She uses her own experiences and translates these feelings into works on cloth and paper.
She specialises in the use of papers and cloth which are painted, drawn into and then waxed. These may take the form of 2D or 3D pieces. Text is very important in her work and she uses it as a means of expression and narrative. Digital imagery has become an integral part of her work as has the use of the embellisher which she uses as an additional tool.
Joan’s work can be viewed on www.pagepaperstitch.co.uk