Raised by television, Joanna Oliver is a multi-faceted artist with many interests. She was trained traditionally in Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Art History from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Before that, she graduated from the Etobicoke School of the Arts in Toronto. She's always had an affinity for comic books and started drawing and creating characters from a very young age. She enjoys quilting and sewing/constructing her own costumes for fan conventions, and has an interest in knitting, crocheting and cross-stitch/embroidery. Despite her reserved nature, Joanna likes to sing in front of audiences and plays bass guitar.
About the Coffee Cozies:
The idea for the coffee cozies came in 2009 when one of Joanna's coworkers at the Art Gallery of Ontario remarked on how wasteful disposable cardboard coffee sleeves are, and how he liked to keep one in his bag to reuse it. That got Joanna thinking on how she could make reusable, machine-washable, insulated fabric coffee sleeves to help lessen the impact of take-out coffee on the environment.
She took a cardboard sleeve apart to get the right shape to fit on a take-away coffee cup, and added two Velcro strips to make the sleeve adjustable to wrap around any size cup. Her knowledge of quilting and machine sewing came in handy - the sleeves are sturdy and made with care so they will hold together for years. She's had a coffee cozy in each purse since she started making them in 2009 and in a testament to their quality, the originals will last for many years to come. JoJo's ultimate mission is to stop the needless burning of fingertips on hot coffee cups forever.
Feel free to email Joanna at the address on the business card image below, or follow her geeky tweets on Twitter!