Interview with Jorie Johnson (Joi Rae) – Textile artist represented by Keiko Gallery, October 2011
Ceramics Now Magazine : From functional, to decorative or aesthetical, your works also vary in techniques and materials. Tell us about your woolen felt creations.
Jorie Johnson: I am drawn to the painterly and sculptural characteristics of feltmaking with its broad capabilities as a “hard textile” but which also lends itself to soft, sensual body wraps. I like the challenge of completing a work that functions in a practical way as well as becoming an object of aesthetic value. Unlike weaving, each felt piece is disconnected from the next, so in that way, a seamless, three-dimensional vessel, hat or bag may remind us more of a ceramic form than a textile.