Therese Johnson

Artist statement

“My desire to create is stimulated by landscape, finding inspiration in texture, form and surface. This can be many things; detailed markings on beach stones, pattern on bark of a tree, or delicacy of lichen against black granite rock.

I have been using plant dyes extensively in my work for over ten years, enjoying the process of discovering, exploring and experimenting with dye plants from my immediate local environment. The natural dyes I use are sustainably sourced, and include plants from my garden, flora sensitively foraged from hedgerows and food waste. Gathering gorse flowers in early spring, umbels of feathery fennel in summer, and sloe berries in late autumn, provides me a wonderfully close connection to nature and rhythms of the seasons.

I work intuitively and spontaneously, adding layers of dye and leaf prints to organic fibres. It is a slow and unpredictable process, no two dye baths or hand prints are ever the same, which I find both challenging and exciting!

My collection of silk scarves combine dyeing and printing methods, with hand knitting and crochet, creating one-of-a-kind pieces reflecting landscape.”


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