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Artist Information for Ann Johnston

The impetus for my work is the world around me--its shapes, patterns, colors and textures. I use many construction techniques which are determined by the idea behind the design, so my quilts are often very different from each other. I allow the design to evolve according to the physical processes, that is, how the dye flows on the faric, how my arm moves with a cutter, where the last curved piece ends, or how the last line of stitches makes the fabric lay. Mastering the use of dye on fabric has allowed me to expand the kinds of quilts I can make, and now more frequently, the fabric I dye is itself a source for the concept and structure of the quilt. Every one of them is a process to learn from and always an attempt to express meaning. 

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The Contact: Headwaters

The Contact: Headwaters84" W x 50" H   To see the work in the context of the whole series, see my book: The Contact: Sierra Nevada, Dyed and Stitched.

The Contact: Deep Blue Lead

The Contact: Deep Blue Lead84" H x 46" W   To see the work in the context of the whole series, see my book: The Contact: Sierra Nevada, Dyed and Stitched.

The Contact: Cirque 2

The Contact: Cirque 284" H x 47"W   To see the work in the context of the whole series, see my book: The Contact: Sierra Nevada, Dyed and Stitched.

The Contact: Talus

The Contact: Talus87" H x 56" W   To see the work in the context of the whole series, see my book: The Contact: Sierra Nevada, Dyed and Stitched.

The Contact: Cross Polarized Gabbro

The Contact: Cross Polarized Gabbro85" H x 25" W   To see the work in the context of the whole series, see my book: The Contact: Sierra Nevada, Dyed and Stitched.