Hi. My name is Jo Pearson. i'm a proud kiwi in love with textiles, fibre and print. purveyor of fine NZ wool blankets, peggy squares and vintage bits and bobs. building a creative community that I'm proud to be part of . i live in Hastings, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. i teach . i design. i make homewares and accessories . i draw . i collage . i sew . i unpick . i collect . i am half of The Fruit Bowl Crafters and our business is Coco & Co. i have a workbook filled with unresolved ideas. my work evokes memories of days spent with my grandmother when we cut and pasted from magazines, re-purposed, recycled, patched, darned, glued, lengthened and used every little scrap up in an attempt to make something new and bright. revisioned for 2010 and beyond, my honest endeavours are a small but creative statement against mass production and consumerism. i hope you enjoy my meagre offerings.

Regale/ Regalia

Using up some of the plethora of bits and bobs which I have, each neck piece has a story to tell. A homage to those who gathered to debate compiling beliefs towards a created truth. Lavishly, entertaining objects of pleasure. First outing for these works was at Te Papa and they were very well received. Listing them on Felt.co.nz soon.

Handmade 2011

The long weekend in Wellington went like a dream. I taught two classes at TePapa and my students were amazing. The results were a dream, with each lady making a corsage and covered bracelet. Great chat, great craft, great to see the profile of crafting being elevated yet again. Thanks Handmade, looking forward to 2012.

and it was busy, busy, busy

Can't wait for the next one and I have some new ideas to try....
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Easter and Craft 2.0 rolls around again

Off we go. Really excited about Craft 2.0 this weekend. I'm selling a big range of new works and Coco and Co are running the kids craft table for the first time.

This week I've been like proverbial pig in sh**. Flat out cutting and making a new series of the bird cushions and I've finally managed to complete a series of collage artworks.

Crossing fingers for some good feedback and great sales - and a fabulous clear Welly weekend.

Just a little something I found

Check this talented little Swedish minx out. Lotta is a well established textile designer whose work I adore. Fresh prints, crisp designs. To quote her website 'her designs are like little plants working their way through cracks in the sidewalk. Things of simple beauty that bring relief to the urban landscape'.http://www.jansdotter.com/

Thank You Hawkes Bay

Hi Folks, just a quick post to say 'Thanks so much' to everyone who donated incredible items for the auction and to all the stallholders who came along and especially all the folks who came and ate, drank and spent money. 'Craft Jam for Christchurch' raised over $2700 for our Red Cross magicians and Jess and I were stoked! Now I need to get ready for the next Craft 2.0 and believe me there's something new brewing for HB crafters and all Craft Jam supporters.

Craft Jam for Christchurch

Hi folks, one week to go and the Craft Jam fundraiser for Christchurch will be in full swing. Over 20 amazing Hawkes Bay crafters have donated first rate goodies and there will be 15 stallies selling from suitcases. Civil defense for crafters, only pack what you can carry. Wine, food, music and craft mayhem. Can't wait.