Jo Neville of Paper Couture

Walk into Jo Neville’s Sydney studio and you will enter a world made of paper. Garlands, wreaths, doves, paper chandeliers, giant paper blooms, sweet little feathered birds, world globes, table centrepieces and vases of spring blooms are all made of paper. Over the years, Jo has made gigantic paper props for store displays, shopping centre installations, wedding décor, and corporate events.

Jo is the founder and creative talent behind the bespoke paper creation business Paper Couture. Originally a corporate graphic designer, she has followed her passion to be an artist and carved a creative niche. Commissions include creating a paper dinner set for Vogue Living, hundreds of pompoms for a fashion show, and thousands of flowers for functions.

Jo’s passion for paper has driven her to explore it around the world. She has travelled overseas to paper shows in New York and Germany and has attended Parisian trade fairs to observe trends. She sources papers from local and international merchants, as well as having a talent for recycling unlikely pieces from atlases, sheet music, foreign language newspapers and wallpapers. Jo is a fan of the Brother Scan N Cut machine which she finds great for cutting multiples and intricate designs. And, she’ll try any technique: tearing, sewing, folding, shaping, colouring and twisting.

At the expo, visit Jo’s stand – it might appear to be a florist shop – but rest assured, everything will be made of paper. See her in action adding to her display over the three days.

Learn with Jo: Book into Jo’s two hour paper flower making class;Friday basic techniques, Saturday focuses on crepe paper and Sunday explores large scale flowers. Do one or do them all, you’ll have a ball. Follow the link to the Timetable with Jo’s three different classes all in Session 2 daily, Anatomy of a Paper Flower