CHRISTEN JO STONE
Christen Jo Stone (aka Jo Fraser of ‘Beadaholics’ in Canberra before returning to Melbourne). Jo has had a life long journey enjoying and teaching creativity in many media. Starting her career developing the creativity of High School Students in Victoria, it was a natural transition for Jo to be teaching adults when she settled in Canberra in the early days of the beading/jewellery making craze, under the name of ‘Beadaholics’, a name generated by the addicted enthusiasm of her students.She became known for her wirework (Wirework Artist of the Year 2008 amongst other awards) writing projects for the popular magazines of the time, Honourary Judge for Jewellery at the Sydney Royal Show for 3 years, teaching in Canberra and at the Sydney Bead Fairs. She exhibited her jewellery as ‘Metamorphosis’, in Bairnsdale VIC,, featuring butterflies, indicitive of her lifelong love of nature. Moving back to Melbourne in 2010 she explored basketmaking in natural materials for some years. She was honoured to be invited by the organisers to represent Australia at the International Wicker and Weaving Competition in Poland in 2015, along with 160 other weavers from 60 different countries. The pieces she wove there are now in the Basketry Museum in Nowy Tomysl, Poland. Jo loves a challenge and to explore new ideas, so she then switched to sculpture for a while, revisiting the skills of her Visual Arts qualification which was in clay. Her work was created to support the proposal for a Great Forest National Park around her home in the beautiful Yarra Valley, sculpting Guardians of the Great Forest, endangered species, and more, culminating in her exhibition ‘ Whispers in the Wildwoods’ in Bulleen. VIC. She also joined 12 other sculptors as Artists in Residence creating works in the forest on the Toolangi Sculpture Trail, using materials available in the bush. Enjoying the many media she has worked in, Jo however one day found a large box of jewellery wire stored in her studio, and, deciding it really needed to be used, got right back into wirework. Jo’s exhibition in 2018 in Warburton, VIC., ‘Cogs and Keys’, included wirework jewellery in the Steampunk Genre which she also took to the Steampunk Festivals in Goulburn NSW, and Oamaru NZ, where everone loves to get dressed up, and they loved her creations. Jo has now developed a unique pictorial style using the same techniques used in her jewellery, (wire wrapping and wire weaving) but in a 2D format. She loves the detail she can achieve weaving wire and the never ending possibilities for pattern and texture, reminding her a little of embroidery. Her wireworked landcapes also introduce her passion for the environment once again. Jo would love to touch base with some of her old (we are all getting older) ‘beadaholics’ in Canberra, hoping they are still getting addicted to their many crafts. Those classes were so much fun.
Christen Jo Originals & STONE Steampunk at Stringybark StudioFB: Christen Jo Stone (Artist at Stringybark Studio) FB: STONE Steampunk