Joanne Tinker

"Since before Joanne could pack my own school bag, she has been cramming ideas into shoe-boxes and pasting trinkets into notebooks held together with elastic bands. Joanne supposes it is creative hoarding really! But once at Art College, her extraordinary textiles teacher (Sue Lawty) told the students that they could make anything out of the materials they found in their homes, backpacks and litter bins. And so, that gave flight to her stash of dusty butterflies and desiccated paperclips!


Consequently, Joanne's work is heavily influenced by the concept of recycling; transforming metal bottle tops, acupuncture tubes, confectionary wrapping, and aluminium cans into something precious, something special.


The use of chocolate foil wrappings remains a constant in her work - not because of her love of chocolate - but rather Joanne's wholehearted appreciation of the material’s colour, texture, delicacy and strength. Simply, she unwraps one form and recreate another. And then repeat. And repeat.


As many collections are categorised by forms of repetition, so Joanne's collections are characterised by the replication of multiples and miniatures, blending her childhood fascinations with deliberated uniformity.'




Joanne is an artist who seeks to transform ordinary objects into something precious, something special. Metal bottle tops, acupuncture tubes, confectionary wrapping and aluminium cans have all featured as materials, although chocolate foil wrappings remain a constant in her work.


Her current work has appeared at London’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.  While, the New York Museum of Art & Design and The White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney own pieces.


Some of her early work is also on permanent display at the National Science Museum, London.


Joanne has produced pieces for art collectors, Hampton Court Flower Show Gardens, cruise liners and the TV production of Dennis Potter’s ‘Cold Lazarus’.  Work has been featured in many newspapers and magazines and is promoted internationally through the Woolf Gallery, London.


Born in Nottingham (1969) but raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, and then Leeds, true to her family name - Tinker - Joanne trained to work with metal, earning a first class degree in Silversmithing and Jewellery from Birmingham in 1992. After graduating she started her own business and worked out of a small studio in Harrogate before moving down to west London. She slowly built up a reputation as an artist working with recycled materials and her work sold successfully through a variety of galleries and art fairs.