CCN Torquay Branch Leader: Jo Leach
Jo is a creative encourager and teacher, as well as a maker and artist. She lives on the South Coast in Devon, having moved in 2018 from the West Midlands with her husband Sam and twins, Ellie and Isaac.
Jo makes Automata that illustrates Bible Scripture, worship songs, words, pictures and whatever God lays on her heart. She calls this work Bible Artomata. Jo combines Bible Art Journaling techniques with automata to produce intricate pieces where the turning of a handle, the motion and the interaction someone has with the automata, can captivate for a moment. Jo recommends that her customers use this time to pray, asking God to speak to their heart through the piece.
Jo grew up on the coast in Suffolk, and spent endless hours on the beach and in the countryside, collecting interesting driftwood and textured objects to treasure. This experience heavily influences her work today as she weaves the beauty of found objects, re-used, re-loved and re-valued into her work. These found items are unique, one-off objects, each with its own story – Jo likens this to how God sees us and how we should see each other.
Jo also teaches Bible Art Journaling workshops, combining the study of scripture with creative techniques. Jo’s prayer is that individuals will grow in their relationship with God as they connect with Him through the pages of scripture and develop creative self.
Jo also provides workshops in Modern Calligraphy and Geli plate printing.