Born in Shrewsbury, England, Zoe Wilson is a stone carver. She completed a degree in fine art painting at Birmingham City University, before discovering a love of working with stone.
Understanding the importance of a solid foundation she served a three-year apprenticeship as a traditional stonemason, followed by a second apprenticeship in letter carving, from renowned master carver, John Neilson. With an established passion for working with stone Zoë then studied for three years at City and Guilds of London Art School, supported by a scholarship from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust. Zoë graduated in 2016 with a first-class diploma in historic stone carving.
Emigrating to South East Asia with her husband, Zoë was hugely influenced by her time living in Borneo. She developed a fascination with geometry through both the sacred geometry found naturally in the rainforest around her and Islamic art. Returning to the UK, Covid fuelled the interest in geometric pattern as the precision required for creating the drawings gave order and meaning to the chaos. To find her carvings successful Zoë continually strives for perfection in her work. This continued technical challenge has raised her ability to new levels.
She works in Hampshire as a self-employed carver creating hand carved complex geometric patterns in British stone.
Photo credit: Emmie Finn