photograph of Jo Joof

Jo Joof

Tutor for the 8-11 prize winners workshop
Young Open 2020

Jo Joof is a children’s book designer and illustrator and a mum of five girls.

She has many years of experience in children’s book publishing, first working in London before moving to Somerset.

Since becoming a freelance artist in 2012, Jo has been  working on her own ideas, making crafts and developing new children’s books. Two years ago she teamed up with fellow illustrator Nicola Moore and they set up their business Jo & Nic’s Crinkly Cloth Books and started selling at The Frome for drop-in enquiries.

The business is going from strength to strength and their book Nursery Times Newspapers can be found in 45 of the best independent stockists in the UK. Jo also designs fabric which is on sale at Millie Moon, where it is made into garments or sold by the metre.

As well as this, Jo runs regular illustration workshops in Studio One at Black Swan Arts. The workshops are fun and relaxed and suitable for all, even complete beginners. Jo can give guidance on personal projects and the door is always open for drop-in enquiries.