Deborah Johnson Art: Tapestries, embroidery, felt, and many other textile techniques, along with fused glass.
My work is an interplay between and across different artistic disciplines. The operative word is play … to explore to celebrate, to take years to master the skill to make an object with my hands that expresses my ideas and emotions. My work is a meditation on the beauty and fragility of our world. My work is also a celebration of the gifts we each hold. Techniques and processes which take years to master honor something about what it means to be human and are as integral to my work as the content.
I work in a very process oriented way. For me, the process of making the art is bound up with the meaning of the art in inexplicable ways… to take a day to weave a leaf is in itself a statement about leaves.
Many of the techniques I use are part of the soul of the culture where they originated. I am honored and privileged to be able to engage them in my art making. For me, the art of making objects is about more than concept and imagery. Techniques and processes which take years to master honor something about what it means to be human, and are as integral to my work as the content.
Deborah weaves tapestries and constructs dimensional art cloth with felted, embroidered surfaces and mixed media.
The American Tapestry Alliance selected one of Deborah’s small tapestries for their exhibit postcard for the William and Joseph Gallery in Santa Fe 2010. Deborah joined the Textile Study Group of New York (TSGNY) in 2011.
Fiber Forum, the juried group of The Embroiderers Guild of America (EGA) invited Deborah to join them. A discussion of the selection process and artists work can be found in the August Issue of EGA’s Needle Arts. Deborah’s new work explores vessel forms in Japanese twill weave with felted and woven surfaces. Delaware Division of the Arts recently awarded her embroidered vessel work an Opportunity Grant. The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles selected several pieces from that series for a group exhibition in October 2012.
Deborah feels that each way of creating art has a unique voice that can inform and inspire the growth of new work.