Ann Johnston

Ann Johnston is a textile artist known for richly textured, hand-dyed silk and cotton quilts that feature a combination of stitching techniques, including piecing, appliqué, and embroidery. “The impetus for my work is the world around me,” she says. “Its shapes, patterns, colors and textures. I work toward a goal in each quilt I make, having a particular concept in mind that is sometimes specific, sometimes very broad… In making the quilt, I allow the design to evolve according to the physical processes, that is, how the dye flows on the fabric, how my arm moves with a rotary cutter, where the last curved piece ends, or how the last line of quilting makes the fabric lay.”