Ro and Jo was created in 2017 by Rosannah and Joseph Penner. Located in Bancroft, Ontario, each bag is hand painted, screen printed and includes genuine leather accents. Each item is unique! Please visit our gallery page to see some of the items we have created.
Rosannah was born and raised in Bancroft ON. She grew up in a very creative family, her mother is a seamstress and father works with wood. At a young age she was taught by her mother how to sew and hasn’t stopped since. Rosannah took many art and design related courses in high school, as well as entering student exhibitions and shows. In 2016 she received her certificate in Fibre Arts from the Haliburton College of Art and Design and has since combined her passions of sewing and painting and began creating unique bags. Rosannah likes to create art that is functional. Her bags not only have rustic characteristics but the designs incorporate a contemporary concept. Many techniques she uses have to do with the distressing or antiquing the fabric with textile pigment. Starting with plain white canvas, all fabric is painted, distressed and screen printed before being constructed into a bag. Screen printed images include some of her own drawings as well as advertisements printed from a 1908 catalogue and other antique and unique finds!
Joseph was born and raised in Rainy River, North-western Ontario.
Joseph has always been a hands-on worker. He has had 4yrs experience working at a woodworking shop manufacturing high-end dove tail drawers. Although Joseph enjoys working with wood his main passion is mechanics.
Ever since he was young he has always enjoyed wrenching on vehicles, following in the footsteps of his mechanic father. In 2013 he finished his mechanic apprenticeship program through Fanshawe College and has since been working at the Ford dealership in Bancroft for 3 years
About Ro & Jo
Rosannah and Joseph or ‘Ro and Jo’ are a husband and wife team. They were married on March 4th 2017, and soon after started their home business. The bags are designed and hand painted by Rosannah. Joseph orders hardware and fastens a lot of rivets! He also makes use of his wood working abilities by making rustic wooden displays for shows and events. They both maintain day-jobs as well, Rosannah sews alterations and girls dresses for another artist’s small business called ‘Nifffers’, and Joseph continues his mechanic job at the Ford dealership in Bancroft.
All prototypes, patterns and orders are sewn by Rosannah, but the bulk of the industrial heavy duty sewing gets sent to Rosannah’s mom. Without whom we could not survive 🙂