Texture and Relief for Quilters
Ann Johnston, www.annjohnston.net
March 21, 2011
Ann Johnston is artist who followed several careers before discovering her passion for dyeing fabric and then stitching it. She has a B.A. in literature from Stanford University and a M.A. in geography from the University of Oregon. She taught new math for the Peace Corp in Peru and raised two sons with her husband Jim. She lives, teaches workshops, and creates art from her home and studio in Oregon.
First Ann learned to sew, and then she learned to dye fabric. She has been making quilts for 30 years and plans on working on her beautiful quilts for another 30 years. She has written 6 books, been in shows all over the world, and you can see her work on her website at www.annjohnston.net.
Ann is fascinated with the interaction of line and shape. Her dyeing of fabric creates these various shapes and line, but she believes that her stitching is what creates layers of imagery that surprise and delight the viewer.
Ann will show her own quilts to demonstrate how the quilting adds pattern, texture, and most importantly dimension to the quilt top. She will explore the potential of both hand and machine quilting and what physical realities accompany these stitches.