Jo McDonald is a Scottish visual artist who lives and works in Edinburgh. She has been experimenting with paper for nearly 20 years, since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art with BA Hons/ MFA in Tapestry.
"In my work, I have extensively experimented with traditional tapestry weaving techniques using paper as as alternative medium to the customary wools and threads. I use second-hand books and printed matter, and their built-in history is the attraction for me. The objects already contain traces of the past – fingerprints, skin, dedications, scribbled notes – which offer us a glimpse into their earlier life. I de-construct the books, cutting them by hand, and make them into new structures, which still contain their original history, but which now have a new visual form."