Inspiration is everywhere - in what we see, what we feel, what we read and perhaps even in our dreams. I am finding inspiration for my most recent work in my surroundings - mostly in nature but also man made elements - even man made forms that have been altered by nature.
Here some photos that you might also find inspirational.
Below is a photo of one of my most recent works inspired by tree trunks.
Passages Hand dyed fabrics, machine
Linda Nelson Johnson, 2016 quilted, raw edge applique
In May I had the privilege to
visit Gallery Bellomo in Syracuse, Sicily to see papyrus paper being made from
the fibrous inner pith of the papyrus plant. In Europe, the only place that
this plant grows naturally is on the banks of the Ciane River.
Here is a photo of the plant
growing in Syracuse.
The process includes removing the
outer rind of the plant to reveal the inner core that is cut lengthwise into
strips. The strips are soaked in water with an antioxidant. This allows the
strips to maintain their lovely creamy color. The strips are then arranged side-
by -side on a marble slab covered with a cloth. Each strip slightly overlaps the
The next strips are arranged at
right angles on top of the first.
While still moist the two layers
are compressed with a heavy marble roller.
The resulting sheet is allowed to
dry. It can be used as writing paper or used to make art.
I muse over life I capture through the lens. Inspired by
global travel, my current work is developed through digital alchemy, printed on
natural fabrics and enhanced with surface design. I strive to create imagery
with color, pattern and repetition to produce a magical moment in time.
last call for entry, “Anything Goes”, my juried piece was digitally developed in Photoshop with an image of a Vietnamese girl working on a tourist boat.
After printing on sumptuous silk charmeuse, I applied potato
dextrin and thickened dyes. Her Tapestry (30x60) depicts a
woman’s simple life working day to day on the Mekong River, “a tapestry to feel
& see, impossible to hold”.
Most recently I created art quilts with a water theme.I will take you through a series of steps to
give you a better understanding of how this process works.
In this example I began with a photo I took while at the
Amazon in Peru.
Next I went into a folder of scanned images I use to layer
the design.I chose a fabric I had
stamped (Hand-carved) with inks.
This is the result of adding the layer.
Working with the same app and photoshop I eventually got this result and
had it printed on cotton.
I enhanced the piece
by painting with metallic inks and fusing with foil.I free-motion quilted and bound.
Can You Hear Her Calling? (23x36).
Over the past 15 years I have intensely focused on learning
about and working with dyes and numerous surface design techniques on natural
fabrics as my canvas. Coupled with a passion for photography, my current work
utilizes both mediums through digital technology. After exploring digital
design and printing on my own, I took a full time class at RISD in Providence
R.I., followed by classes at Cape Cod Art Association and Quilting Art Quilt
Tahoe (Jane Dunnewold). I am passionate about creating digital design on lustrous silk and other
natural fibers as art cloth and quilts.
I hope this gives you a better understanding of how this works.!