Janis Johnson

I have always enjoyed making things. When I was young, my grandmother taught me to knit and sew.  In high school I learned to use a potter's wheel and later learned about quilting, crochet, woodworking, macrame, paper-making, weaving on a rigid heddle loom, dyeing, felting, and using a spinning wheel to make yarn.  I worried that I was just a dilettante in the art world, but I decided that my hobby was learning to make things and so dabbling was just fine. 

I have always enjoyed making things. When I was young, my grandmother taught me to knit and sew.  In high school I learned to use a potter's wheel and later learned about quilting, crochet, woodworking, macrame, paper-making, weaving on a rigid heddle loom, dyeing, felting, and using a spinning wheel to make yarn.  I worried that I was just a dilettante in the art world, but I decided that my hobby was learning to make things and so dabbling was just fine. 
 
In 2010 I started learning to weave on a floor loom at Ruthie's Weaving Studio in Portland and soon realized that I had found an area that could keep me busy following my curiosity for years to come.  I am active in the Portland Handweavers Guild and have taken many workshops through PHG and regional fiber festivals and weaving conferences. Among the international adventures that have sparked my imagination were a three-week class in Italy weaving on a 100-year-old manual Jacquard loom and a textile tour in Shetland. 
 
I'm sitting out Rain Spark Gallery's Virtual Studio this year, but you can see what I'm up to at my website, or contact me.

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