As a result of studies at Goldsmith's College, University of London in 1979, Joy Stocksdale developed polychromatic screen printing. Her printed silk garments, hangings, and quilts have been exhibited throughout the US. She has taught workshops at craft schools, guilds, and conferences. She is the author of an instructional book on her process, Polychromatic Screen Printing. She lives in rural Sebastopol in Sonoma County, California.