About the Artist...




Christen Jo Stone (Jo)



 Artist Statement

An award winning artist, Christen Jo Stone (Jo) has developed diverse arts skills and enjoys combining these, expressed in 3D  forms.

Having worked in many media including Jewellery, Textiles, letterpress Printing, and Basketry, Jo’s current work in Sculpture narrates the story of endangered species threatened by the destruction of their precious forest environment, and the importance of the proposed establishment of the Great Forest National Park NE of Melbourne, where she works and lives.  She often adds quirky human faces to her work, adding fascinating personality to the forest themes. She hopes her work will help foster appreciation of the value of our magnificent highland forests, important water catchment areas with trees creating significant CO2 absorption,  stunning recreation destinations on Melbourne’s doorstep.


Christen Jo Stone (Jo) has a Diploma of Arts in Visual Arts (GIAE) , and a Trained Secondary Teachers’ Certificate in Domestic Arts (Larnook). She has studied operating print machinery and also precious metal clay, wirewrapping, and papermaking.  In Australia, Germany and Spain she has studied Basketry, in 2015 studying with 5 Danish Master Basketmakers in Denmark in their studios.

Her first solo exhibition, ‘Metamorphosis’, was at East Gippsland Art Gallery, 2011, recommended by artist Malcolm Boyd, and she has participated in many group exhibitions in a variety of media.

Featured on the FM99.1 radio’s Artist Journal, and Which Craft, she has received major awards for Jewellery Crafts, and judged jewellery at four Royal Shows in Sydney and Canberra. Two National Beading Magazines have regularly published her projects. In 2016 she was awarded 'Best in Show' Basketry at the Royal Melbourne show, taking out both first places.

Jo was selected by the Commissioner of the 2015 International Wicker and Weaving Festival in Nowy Tomysl, Poland,  to represent Australia in the on-site competition there. She created a composite piece using Australian Cordyline leaves for the competition in two days, weaving alongside 160 basketmakers from 60 different countries, receiving a Distinction in the Artistic Category, Her work is now on display in the National Weaving Museum in Nowy Tomysl, Poland.

In 2016 she was awarded an Artist In Residence alongside 14 other Artists at the 20th Anniversary of the Toolangi Sculpture Trail, Victoria, producing a work on-site over two weeks with materials from the forest. Jo was privileged to be mentored in the project by highly respected museum curator, Maudie Palmer AO. She was also represented in the Yarra Valley Arts indoor sculpture Exhibition, Regeneration, at the event. Jo is passionate about the great forest that surrounds Eastern Melbourne and the threatened native species that call the area home, such as the Leadbeater's Possum, and features this in her work.

Sculpture is her current focus, exploring a huge variety of materials and forms.  She is also designing Art Dolls and character Marionettes..


Christen Jo Stone



Dip of Arts (Vis Arts) GIAE- (Monash) 1979 Australia

TSTC (Dom Arts) Larnook 1972 Australia

Solo Exhibition: 


Upcoming Exhibition: Whispers in the Wildwoods. Bolin Bolin Gallery. Bulleen VIC Australia

Metamorphosis       -East Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria. Australia

Group Exhibitions:


Toorak Village Sculpture Prize. Finalist.  Toorak VIC

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show Sculpture Exhibition. Carlton VIC.

The Edrington Grand Art & Sculpture Exhibition. Edrington Homestead. Berwick VIC

'Meander'. Herring Island Sculpture Park. Association of Sculptors Victoria. Richmond VIC

Toolangi Sculpture Trail ongoing outdoor exhibition.Vic.


Yarra Glen Art Show- Sculpture  Exhibition Vic.

Association of Sculptors Victoria Annual Awards Exhibition 600 Bourke St Melbourne.VIC

Basketmakers of Victoria Exhibition, Boiln Bolin Gallery Vic.

Toolangi Sculpture Trail ongoing outdoor exhibition.Vic.


Regenerarion' -Toolangi Sculpture Trail  Exhibition, Yarra Valley Arts.  Vic.

Annual & Awards Exhibition- Association of Sculptors Victoria

DRIFT- Herring Island- Basketmakers of Victoria


Fracture Gallery- Federation Square- Basketmakers of Victoria

Entangled- Stonehouse Gallery- Warrandyte- Basketmakers of Victoria

Drift- Herring Island Summer Festival -Basketmakers of Victoria

St Vincent’s Hospital Exhibition - Basketmakers of Victoria


Natural or Knot- Quadrant Gallery: Basketmakers of Victoria Biennial Exhibition, Victoria

Drift- Herring Is. Summer Festival -Basketmakers of Victoria

Bolin Bolin Gallery Exhibition- Basketmakers of Victoria


Summer Exhibition - Quadrant Gallery, Victoria

Rhyme and Reason - Belconnen Arts Centre  Canberra ACT

Open Studios Exhibition- Memo Hall - Healesville, Victoria


Sydney Craft Fair Exhibition, NSW

Melbourne Craft Fair Exhibition. Victoria

Japan Art Clay Silver Exhibition, Japan


2016           'Best in Show', Basketry, Royal Melbourne Show  2 Firsts, Second, Third and Highly Commended over two categories, supported by Basketmakers of Victoria..

2016            Lilydale Art Show, VIC 1 First, 2 seconds, 1 Third Place.  Victoria

2015           Represented Australia by invitation at the International Wicker and Weaving Festival Competition in Poland, Artistic category: Distinction. Poland

2015           Royal Melbourne Show Craft Competition- 1st & 2nd Place Coiled Basket.   Supported by Basketmakers of Victoria

2015           The Rock Show NSW 5 x 1st Place, 2 x 2nd Place and 3 x Third Place Certificates New South Wales.

2009           National Swarovski Competition- 6th Place Prize. Australia

2009,2007   Royal Canberra Show awards in jewellery, lapidary, embroidery. Canberra ACT.

2008           Sydney Royal Show, Arts Entry: Standard of Excellence Medal- Best in Show- Jewellery NSW

2008,2005 Sydney Royal Show, various other awards for jewellery.  NSW

2008           National Wirework Artist of the Year 2008- Beads Etc Magazine. Australia

2008           National Silver Artist of the Year 2008 Beads etc. Magazine. Australia

2007           National Beads Etc. Reader’s Choice Award- Wirework. Australia

2007            National Metal Clay Artist of the Year 2007- Beads etc. Magazine. Australia

2002            Finalist Micro Business Awards.Vic Australia

2002, 2000,1999 Finalist: Bridal Industry Awards: Wedding Stationery and Bomboniere. Vic Australia


2017            Album: International Wicker and Weaving Festival.  Poland

2016            Le Lien Creatif   (International Basketry Magazine) France

2006-2009 Regular projects published in :-

                      Beads etc. Magazine- Metal clay projects. Australia
                      Australian Beading Magazine- Wirework and metal clay projects and Artists profile. Australia

Professional Experience:

2018                         Teacher at Embroiderer's Guild of Victoria Summer School. Vic

2017                         Teacher at Yarra Glen and Districts Living and Learning Centre. Vic

2017                         Teacher at Victorian Handweavers and Spinners Guild Summer School. Vic

2016/7                      Teacher at Eastern Regional Libraries Mooroolbark, Lilydale, Healesville, Yarra Junction, Ringwood. Vic

2014                          Lost Trades Fair Demonstrator, Kyneton Vic.

2011-2015                "Weeds & Reeds" "Christen Jo Originals"- Stringybark Studio Vic

                                                 Basketry, fibre arts and jewellery-Studio work and teaching.

2009, 2007, 2006      Honourary Judge, Jewellery, Sydney Royal Show, NSW

2008                          Honourary Judge, Jewellery, Royal Canberra Show, ACT

2008, 2007, 2006      Organiser : The National Beadaholics Retreats: ACT

                                                 Workshop events at Greenhills Conference Centre. ACT

2004-2009                 "Beadaholics" & ‘Christen Jo Originals’ ACT Australia

                                                 Teaching & creating beading, wirework, precious metal clay, jewellery.

2004-2009                 Teaching at Lake Ginninderra College. Lake Nite Learning. ACT

                                                 Adult jewellery making and textiles classes

1992-2003                 "Treasured Memories- Unique Wedding Stationery" Vic

                                                 Design and letterpress printing: Wedding stationery and business cards.

                                                 Bomboniere design and production for weddings, christenings etc.

1973-1984                Victorian Education Department- Victorian Secondary Colleges. Australia

                                              Teaching textiles, art, craft, pottery, home economics, music, school magazine

                                                       1980-1984   Upper Yarra High Tech School. Vic

                                                       1978-1979   Healesville High School. Vic

                                                       1973-1977   Wonthaggi High School. Vic

Professional Development:


Quadrant Gallery. Ross Miller. Life Model Sculpture Workshop and Exhibition at Quadrant Gallery - Vic Australia
Fibre Arts Ballarat . Lorelle Lehman (SA) Character Dolls - Vic Australia


Fibre Arts Ballarat  Matt Tommey (USA) Basketry. - Vic Australia
Tafta Forum Geelong.  Liz Powell (NSW),  Cabinets, Books and  Paper Rusting.- Vic Australia


Basketmakers of Vic.  Martiene van Zulen (WA) Plant Fibre and Felt Workshop - Vic Australia
Studio of Bent Vinkler (Denmark) Working with Willow - Denmark
Studio of Ane Lynsgard (Denmark) Lace in rush and sisal - Denmark
Studio of Ulla Misser (Denmark), Zarzo Technique - Denmark
Studio of Eva Seidenfaden (Denmark) Birkina Weave - Denmark
Studio of  Jette Melgren and Jan Johansen (Denmark) - Lashing techniques - Odense, Denmark
The Studio @ 54 Polly Jacobs Giacchina (USA) - Basket art, Vic Australia
Grampains Texture Jackie Abrams (USA) - Collect & Connect - Basketry, NSW Australia
Grampains Texture Barbara Mullan (Australia) - Tree of Life- Embroidery , NSW Australia
National Basketry Gathering, - Mini-workshops, Vic Australia


Context, Ken Houston (Australia) - Wood carving, NSW Australia
Grampains Texture, Dr. Michael Shiell (Australia) , Environmental sculpture, Vic Australia
Grampains Texture, Ailie Snow (NZ) - Storylines -Stitched Book, Vic Australia
Dalhousen Academy, Corentin Laval & Karen Gossart (France) - Perigort technique, Germany  
Lichtenfels Korbmarkt, Carsten Baier (Germany) - Willow Whip technique, Germany
Weaving by the Sea, Mai Hvid Jorgenson (Denmark) - Using wood in basketry, Spain   
Weaving by the Sea, Tim Johnson (England) - Mediterranean materials, Spain
Basketmakers of Vic, Jean Stone (Australia) - Melon basket, Vic Australia
Basketmakers of Vic, Wendy Golden (Australia) - Working in willow, Vic Australia
Basketmakers of Vic, Robyn Norris (Australia) - Wreaths, Vic Australia
Beautiful Silks, Velma Bolyard (USA) - Eco dyeing, indigo, shifu & bookmaking, Vic Australia
Sturt Winter School, Caren Florance (Australia) - Booking your Journey, Book binding, Vic Australia


Basketmakers of Vic, Nancy Duggan (Australia) - Jacaranda basket, Vic Australia  
Basketmakers of Vic, Pat Dale (Australia) - Lomandra basket, Vic Australia
Basketmakers of Vic, Polly Jacobs Giacchina (USA) Sculptural basketry, Vic Australia
Meg Viney Studio, Meg Viney (Australia) - Plant fibre handmade papers with basketry, Vic Australia
National Basketry Gathering - Mini-workshops, ACT Australia


Fibre Arts Geelong, Sandy Webster: (USA) - Master Class, Geelong, Vic Australia
Box Hill College, Semester Adv. Dip. Eng. Technology (Jewellery), Vic Australia


Sydney Ceramic & Craft Centre: Certified Precious Metal Clay Teacher Levels 1 & 2, NSW Australia


Melbourne College of Printing: Operating Print Machinery, Vic Australia


National Weaving Museum. Nowy Tomsyl, Poland.

Various private collectors in Australia, Canada, UK, Denmark, USA.

Artist in Residence

2016   Toolangi Sculpture Trail 20th Anniversary Project with 14 other Sculptors. Mentor: Maudie Palmer AO.

2015    Wicker and Weaving Festival. Towy Tomysl. Poland

2015   Healesville Library


ASV Association of Sculptors Victoria

Contemporary Sculptors Association Victoria

CAS Contemporary Art Society of Victoria

YVA Yarra Valley Arts Inc.Associate Member

Craft Victoria, Associate Member.

Basketmakers of Victoria

Australian Conservation Foundation

Friends of the Leadbeater's Possum Inc.

Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater Inc.

Zoos Victoria