Key Expertise:

Craft Futures
Cross-disciplinary textiles
DIY design participation

Specialist Print Pathway Leader: BA (Hons) Textile Design- Central Saint Martins

Jo Pierce is a designer-maker of wallpaper and interior textiles. Since completing an MA in 2003 in Design for Textile Futures at Central Saint Martins, she has continued her practice through her company Re-surface Design. Continuing also to lecture at Central Saint Martins and the University College for the Creative Arts (UCA) in Farnham, Jo was Course Leader for the BA Textile Design and MA Contemporary Crafts (Textiles) at Farnham. Here she became part of the UCA Crafts Futures research cluster and a founding member of the experimental textile group Circle. She is now the Department Leader for the Print pathway on the BA Textile Design course at Central Saint Martins, and a member of the Textile Futures Research Centre.

Research Interests:

Since embarking on her Textile Futures Masters research in 2000, Jo’s design practice has investigated the boundaries between hand and digital design techniques for printed textiles and interior wallpapers. She has approached this by combining the qualities of traditional print process with 21st century textile print application.

Jo’s research is concerned with the notion of design and participation. Developing the aesthetic of ‘homemade digital’, her research is based on opening up the process of design for the end user- led by the movement for DIY design for interiors. Increasing a sense of wellbeing and inclusivity, Jo’s re-surface wallpaper encourages user participation into the design process. In creating a product that generates greater connectedness and longevity, her process contributes to a more sustainable product future.

Through teaching and course-based practice Jo and department colleagues are constantly building up a database of materials and resources available for today’s textile printer, with a view to expand the knowledge of hard and soft print substrates, print pastes and print materials to push the potential of textile print application.

Jo is also a Co-founder of the Houndstooth Project in 2011 with colleague and fellow researcher Philippa Brock. Jo and Philippa set up the research methods atelier to explore the potential of textile design process. The aim of this textile and materials research design practice is to develop process led research methods, through facilitating and documenting cross-disciplinary and community based textile projects.

Now at the centre of Jo’s design philosophy is TEXTILE PRINT: Research, Design, Materials. Process.

Current Projects:

  • /The Houndstooth Project
  • /The Houndstooth Incubator (2013)
  • /The Houndstooth Wallpaper (2013)
  • /Print materials database