Jo Cope is a conceptual fashion designer working at the intersection of fashion, art and craft for over a decade.
Whilst studying Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent University in 2003 she became a founding member of DAP: Design and Performance Lab; a place to explore fashion and accessories with cross-disciplinary and international collaborators.
Her work explores fashion as an ‘Extension of Self’ as well as challenging aesthetic boundaries and preconceptions. She seeks to redefine fashions potential future as an object with a deeper language and value, something she is exploring as a member of the Mind Fashion collective. She has created a diverse range of commissions and exhibits working with concept boutiques, design stores, galleries and museums, supported by funding bodies including The Arts Council England.
Most recently her work has toured internationally to Detroit, The Netherlands and Budapest with the next stop the Venice Biennale. Jo recently went back to study an MA in Fashion Artefacts at the London College of Fashion creating a new body of work focussed around the foot and shoe. She created a series of installation based works which embody real life experience as visual metaphors, pushing to the limits traditional cordwainer techniques alongside new technology such as body scanners. Tutor and contemporary designer Naomi Filmer describes the work as potentially ‘ground-breaking’.
Passing on her own unique creative perspectives Jo is also a part time lecturer and guest speaker at a number of universities, delivering her own conceptual modules and directing courses and workshops across multiple art and design disciplines.