Hoss With Sticks Collage

Jo Waterhouse
Hoss With Sticks Collage is a unique, framed artwork created by Jo Waterhouse depicting a folk character in whimsical costume, inspired by the stories and rituals of English folk culture. The Hobby Hoss tradition is an ancient custom that takes place every May Day in the Cornish town of Padstow. Two horses are paraded through town, accompanied by dancers and musicians, to welcome in the Summer season. People communing with nature is a prevalent theme in Jo’s work, and reaches beyond British traditions, overlapping many customs from around the world and celebrating a common idea of transformation, kinship and ritual. This particular collage illustrates a ‘hoss’ with sticks and easy-on shoes.

Material: Handmade tissue paper, monprinted card, 1950s self adhesive labels
Dimensions: Height: 56.3cm, Length: 39.5cm, Width: 3.2cm
Care Instructions: Wipe glass with damp cloth, display out of direct sunlight
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Jo uses a treasure-trove of materials to build her pieces, including gold leaf, marbled paper and vintage sketchbooks unearthed in car boot sales. She hand-cuts a variety of papers to layer, adding her own painting and drawings too. Interested in notions of wisdom and women leading traditions, Jo has depicted an elderly female character for this piece. When creating, Jo allows ideas to develop naturally, slowly building layers until satisfied with the story the work is telling. Sometimes pieces follow a linear development, other times pictorial elements are borrowed from other pictures. Her one-off artwork is then mounted on paper handmade in the UK and custom-framed in Ash.
The Maker Jo Waterhouse Illustrator - East of England

Jo Waterhouse is an illustrator and textile designer based in the town of Hitchin in East England. Jo studied at the Dartington College of Arts and originally worked in antiques before starting her illustrative practice. During this time she learnt about historic materials and designs - elements that have greatly influenced her work. Jo Waterhouse’s pieces draw heavily on her surroundings and British folk traditions. Her characterful illustrative are lush with patterns, textures and surprising details.