Born in Hobart, Joanna began her training at The Hobart School of Arts studying Fine Art and Design in 1974 majoring in ceramics and Sculpture. A decade later she began a Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Tasmania, graduating with Honours and Masters working in soft materials and installation. She has for many years worked part time in design and production for a Launceston Theme event company as well as a scenic artist for local theatre companies.
For Joanna, the experience of designing costumes for dance is combining soft sculpture and installation, with the addition of the exciting creative experiences brought through the collaboration with the choreographer, the dancers and the lighting designer. Joanna worked with Tasdance for the 2004 season of Light and Shade.