About Flo

Flo Snook was born in Portsmouth in 1972, and grew up in Worthing and Brighton. Her childhood was firmly rooted in the landscape of the Sea and the South Downs, and this has always had an influence on her work. Drawing inspiration from the sketchbooks she has filled since her school days, her work continues to explore the relationship between people and landscape.

Flo attained a degree in Multi-media Textiles in 1994 at the Loughborough College of Art. Her thesis was entitled “The ancient traditions of Shamanism and their relevance to our modern Western Society”. This theme emerged in her work as a story about the relationship between her, the rural landscape, and the inner landscape of the human psyche, and culminated in a final show entitled ‘Our magic Earth Mother’ at the Mall Gallery, London.

Returning to her roots in the South and settling in Brighton, Flo’s work once again became focused on the local landscape including the Worthing and Brighton seafront, the Seven Sisters and the unique coastal landscape of Dungeness. During this time, Flo developed a deep relationship with the West Pier and it’s unfolding story of demise.P1000276

“It fascinates me how humans interact with their natural environment, particularly how we impose our engineering on it, and how Nature fights back. The West Pier for example, has been battered by storms and destroyed by fire, but its metal skeletal structure is still standing proud of the waves and is testament to both human ingenuity, and the raw elemental power of Nature.”

Flo has exhibited during every Brighton festival since 2001 in various artist’s Open Houses, including Colin Ruffell and Fran Slade’s house on Springfield Rd, which incidentally was the first ever open house venue in the 80’s. Flo’s work has also been stocked by many shops and galleries throughout the South and in London, and her work is also held in private collections. Larger commissions have included work for The Real Eating Company in Hove and in Lewes, and for local interior designer Terri Prior, on behalf of her clients Zoe Ball and Norman Cook.

South sands ferry 20x20More recent work includes her relationship to the Devon coastline, where she created a new body of work while staying in Salcombe.

“Believe it or not, the UK has more coastline than India or Brazil. This is an amazing fact. We have so many inlets, estuaries and islands that as far as shoreline goes, we outrank these enormous countries. We are an island nation, and so it’s no wonder that the sea means so much to us. Having lived most of my life along the coast, I have cultivated a deep connection to it’s harbours, piers, fishing cottages and boats, which I like to capture in my work.”

Flo has developed a unique way of working; starting with pen drawings, and using natural cottons and linens to express the colours and mood of the landscape, she then screen prints, appliqués, and hand stitches her images together.

“With each piece that I create, I attempt to draw the viewer deeper into the sense of simplicity and space that the coastline gives me.”

Flo always considers how her own activities impact the environment. She sources her fabrics and materials as responsibly as possible, favouring natural linens, organic cottons and up-cycled fabrics and using non toxic paints and printing inks.

“It is a slow and considered way of working, with lots of hand-stitched details and carefully selected materials, but I love working this way. It’s my hope that every person who takes one of my art works home with them, will continue to feel the love that I put into it for many years to come.”