LAYER UPON LAYER OF DESIGN
31 July-3 August, 2014 - Jorie Johnson
Programm of 4 days
Points to be introduced (summary)
A. De-gumming/scouring of silk
B. Silk can be over-dyed and/or shibori tie-dye the fabric
C. Working with the traditional Japanese Sumi ink
D. Making a traditional Soy Milk Bath
E. Working with fermented Persimmon, called "Kakishibu,"
F. Categorizing marks by processes of the wool fiber, then, felting samples and/or final product
Who is Jorie Johnson
Raised in Boston, USA, in the home of a wool and fiber merchant, Jorie Johnson studied textile design for industry at Rhode Island School of Design (USA) and in Finland, where she was first introduced to Scandinavian felt boot-making in 1977. She opened her design studio, Joi Rae Textiles, in South Boston on the same Summer Street that was home to many of New England’s fiber brokerage firms. Returning to Finland for more study, teaching, and exhibiting really was the start of her world travels seeking information about the rediscovered technique of the Central Asian nomads still actively producing felt.
Jorie was among the artists exhibiting in the exhibition Fashioning Felt at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, NYC (with accompanying catalogue 2008) and in the San Francisco de Young Museum’s Artwear: Fashion & Anti-Fashion show (accompanying publication by Thames & Hudson, 2005). Her work is in the Textile and Costume Department of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, deYoung Museum San Francisco and The Denver Art Museum. She has lead workshops in private studios and has been an invited tutor at many of the international felt and textile conferences including Hungary, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Republics of Georgia, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan, Canada, Australia, China, USA and Japan since 1986.
At the end of the Silk Road to the east she has received Japanese industrial awards for her unique felt fabrics and her work has been published in Surface Design Journal, Fiberarts Magazine, Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, Felt Matters, verFilzt Und zugeNäht, as well as, other European and Asian publications. Since arriving in Japan 25 years ago she reopened her Joi Rae Textiles Studio, which produces hand felted body wear, accessories, hats, items for interiors and fine art works. In Japan she is an adjunct university lecturer, invited researcher for the Shoso-in Office of the Imperial Household Agency Collection and an international Ambassador of sheep, wool, and felt.
Note: Her first book Felt Making and Wool Magic, published by Quarry Books, USA is available in English, Japanese, and Estonian editions.
And the co-authored book Fabulous Felted Scarves was first published in hardcover in 2007 by Lark Books/ Sterling Publishing, USA.