Born 1972 Glasgow, Scotland.
Lives and works in Portland, OR.
Glasgow School of Art, BA in Fine Art, 1993, Glasgow, Scotland.
TBA, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR.
Contemporary Northwest Visions, Jordan Schnizter Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.
Faces, Cafe Grumpy Greenpoint & Cafe Grumpy Chelsea, New York, NY.
Pigeon Portraits, The Proper, Portland, OR.
I Crochet Portland, Downtown Stumptown, Portland, OR.
The Art of Craft, Gatehouse Arts, Harlow, UK.
Against the Bias, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Smith Center for Healing & the Arts, Washington, DC.
New Views, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR.
Ladies’ Choice, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA.
Thirteen, Sum Gallery, Portland, OR.
Part & Parcel: The Deconstruction of the Female Form in Contemporary Art, Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, NJ. Curated by Bonnie Gloris.
GULP YARN BANG! School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD, Curated by Rene Trevino.
Art in the Mayor’s Office, Portland City Hall, Portland, OR.
Lost and Found: The Art of Reuse, The Peoples’ Art of Portland Gallery, Portland, OR.
The 2nd Annual New Brow of Portland, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Portland, OR.
Bodies, North Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA.
Group Exhibition of Gallery Artists, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR.
Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial 2012: High Fiber Diet: Juried by Elissa Auther, Elizabeth A. Brown, Stefano Catalani & Marci McDade. Bellevue, WA.
COMMISSIONS/PRIVATE AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Portland/Paris/London Mania, Printemps Haussmann, Paris, France, Commissioned site specific works.
Masks: Groucho Gia, Alan Davis, Portland, OR.
Hawthorne Bridge Rising, Holly Hudley, Houston, TX, Commissioned work.
Brighton Ray Bradbury, Paddy Considine, Burton-on-Trent, UK, Commissioned work.
Hawthorne Bridge Variation, Sabine Sexauer, Gengenbach, Germany, Commissioned work.
David Frierman, David Frierman, Portland, OR, Commissioned work.
Joe Cotter & the Original Outside In Mural, Outside In, Portland, OR. Public Art.
DJ & Ursula, Bill & Uma Kremers, Portland, OR, Commissioned works.
Andrew Fortgang, Robyn Williams, Portland, OR, Donated to the Our House of Portland 2011 Charity Auction.
Marc & Katia Carter, Katia Carter, Los Angeles, CA, Commissioned work.
John, Karen, Riley, Owen & Wyatt Hoke, John & Karen Hoke, Portland, OR, Commissioned works.
Paul Brady & Erik Van Kley: Marc Riera & Kristen White, Portland, OR, Private Collection.
Hugo Habetz, Brooke Lack & Tommy Habetz, Portland, OR, Commissioned work.
Gabriel Rucker, Cara J. Frey & Jennifer K.T. Warner, Portland, OR, Private Collection.
Mark Jenkins, “D.C. gallery shows: ‘Against the Bias’”, The Washington Post, December 13.
Rhonda Fargnoli, “From Inspiration to Crochet: Artist Profile: Jo Hamilton”, Fiber Art Now Magazine, Summer Issue.
Judy Darley, “Threads of Splendor: Crochet As Art”, Simply Crochet Magazine, United Kingdom, Issue 7.
Lee Lewis Husk, “Oregon’s Creative Impact: 13 ideas that are changing lives”, 1859 Magazine, March/April.
Gayle Clemans, “Familiarity of fiber art rendered compelling at Bellevue Arts Museum’s Biennial”, The Seattle Times, January 18.
Sigal Namir, “Knitting Me Softly”, Signon Magazine, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 8.
Nilay Ornek, “İtina ve tığla portreniz yapılır”, Aksam, Istanbul, Turkey, June 3.
Daryl Brower, “The Fine Art of Crochet: Six fiber artists blur the distinction between art and craft”, Vogue Knitting, May.
Bonnie Gloris, “Part & Parcel: The Deconstruction of the Female Form in Contemporary Art”, Exhibition catalog, Arts Guild New Jersey, April.
Andrew Farinov, “The Crocheted Art of Jo Hamilton”, The Culture of Transbaikalia, Russia, April 5.
Bee Clinch, “Interview: Jo Hamilton”, Inside Crochet, United Kingdom, Issue 8, June/July.
Christine Vitron, “Departures: About Faces”, Interweave Crochet, Winter Issue.
Arts District: Rocky Mountain PBS, Denver, CO, July 25.
LAart: PBS SoCal, Los Angeles, CA, July 13.
Artifex: WCNY Channel 24, Syracuse, NY, June 23.
Oregon Art Beat: OPB, Portland, OR, October 11.
Girls: HBO, Season 1, Episode 5, May 13.
GRANTS & AWARDS
Project Grant, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland, OR.
Career Opportunity Grant, Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, OR.
Lecture, Contemporary QuiltArt Association, Seattle, WA.
Lecture/Workshop, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN.
Panel Discussion: Craft Perspectives, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR.
I moved to Portland from Scotland in the mid-nineties after graduating from the Glasgow School of Art with a B.A. in drawing and painting. A few years later I began to experiment with crochet to make my art. This traditional process of hand-crafting fabric from loops of yarn with a small hook was originally taught to me at an early age by my Gran. As I made my first crocheted works depicting the city of Portland and its people, I developed an intuitive crochet technique and a new kind of art practice that unites the traditional home-crafts that were handed down to me and my later fine art training. Although what I do could be described as painting with yarn, the versatility of my commonplace materials enables me to create tactile objects that reference everyday life while exploring conventions of western fine art and traditional craft. My work is large scale and may appear realistic at first, but the saturated colors, textures and hanging threads reveal my process and medium. I work directly from photographs and use no sketches or patterns; I begin in the middle and work out from there until the piece is complete. I look, I work, I unravel and rework until I think I have secured the substance of the representation in my knots. The act of crochet itself is meditative and time-consuming, even prosaic and repetitious, but knot-by-knot the images materialize from rows of color and pattern, the products of humble beginnings. The walls of my studio are lined with my palette of balls of yarn arranged by color and tone, mostly collected from thrift stores. More recently I have also begun to explore different media and dimensions with a stop motion animation of my portrait process, and installation work featuring a new series of three-dimensional masks. To date I have completed dozens of large scale crocheted works, often in series, including portraits, nudes, masks, cityscapes, Multnomah County Jail mug shots, as well as commissioned works.