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Published 23rd Feb 2011

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A Teesside artist has returned home after travelling the world to set up her own creative business.

Following extensive travels Jo Fairfield decided to return to the UK and base the next phase of her career in her hometown of Middlesbrough. 

She is now expanding her Chickamoo practice, which specialises in fine art prints, cards and paintings, and she also accepts one-off commissions from clients looking for a unique gift.

The business began to take wings after a residency at the We Are Open Shop in Linthorpe Road, with Jo participating in a number of exhibitions in prime high street locations such as designer label store Psyche.

Jo excelled following participation in the creative business coaching programme ‘Raising the Bar’ run by the Creative Industries Development Agency CIDA International on behalf of Middlesbrough Council.

As a result she was able to secure one of the exclusive and highly sought-after live-to-work units in Bohouse, next door to Boho 1.

Jo said: “The support I have received through Middlesbrough Council has really helped me progress my business.

“I feel confident now that I can really build Chickamoo into a solid brand that is sold all over the world.

Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “Our business community really is the lifeblood of the town, and it’s great to see local entrepreneurs keeping faith with Middlesbrough.

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to support Jo, and wish her every success for the future.”

Jo has many outlets for her work including galleries across the North East and North Yorkshire.  Her work is also available at the online artists’ store Etsy (see Useful links below).

To find out more about the latest products and commissions you can visit her Facebook Page

We Are Open and Raising the Bar were both funded by Middlesbrough Council and the European Regional Development Fund 2010 – 2013.

Useful links

Chickamoo on Etsy

Chickamoo on Facebook

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