Joan Blade Johnson
25 Pompey Hollow Rd
Ashford, CT 06278
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Artists Open Studio Dates
December 2, 3
Joan Blade Johnson is a Hampton, Connecticut based fiber artist who exhibits nationally and internationally, and teaches a variety surface design techniques. She sells her art and hand dyed silk scarves in a number of local galleries, artisan gift shops, and at the New Britain Museum of American Art Gift Shop. She also presents lectures to groups (art guilds, quilt guilds, and garden clubs) about the process of creating fiber art, and the business of fiber art.
Her art is most often inspired by nature and her original nature photography and expressed primarily through textile, thread and other fibers but it also incorporates rogue media for example, Tyvek, wire, metals and various found objects. Most often, she creates her own fabric using these non-traditional methods and materials such as commercial or plant based dyes, paints, oil sticks, soy wax, printing and rusting. The quality and nature of color and these processes on textile can be quite different from these media applied to canvas. Once the fabric and composition is created, she enhances it with machine stitch or other embellishment to create texture and dimension. All of her work is made to be displayed as wall art. Joan often frames her smaller pieces for sale. Occasionally her works are stretched over prepared canvas for hanging, but generally, they are hung tapestry like on walls, allowing viewers to closely examine and appreciate the textural nature of the work.
Through exhibiting, Joan hopes to introduce others to fiber art as fine art. She also hopes to gain personal recognition for her work and, of course, she would be very happy to have people want to take a piece of her art home with them.