Joanna Rogers
Textile Artist

Joanna Rogers

My work is textile-based. I incorporate found natural and manufactured objects in my pieces to add textural depth and to explore both the surface and hidden ideas that form the structure of each piece.

I live on Pender Island and my colour palette is inspired by the stunning landscape surrounding me; patterns of light on different bodies of water, the trees, lichen, wild flowers, birds, rocks and beaches. My ideas are influenced by my studies of Anthropology at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario and Textile History at Capilano College in North Vancouver, British Columbia.  My ideologies come from the first 17 years of my life living in the south of England. Here I spent a lot of time walking through the stunningly beautiful countryside and visiting ancient monuments and towns with their historic architecture, museums and galleries. 

Both historical textiles and contemporary issues influence my work. By combining traditional surface design techniques with non-traditional materials, I create pieces that are both physically and metaphorically rich. Many of the materials I use have been discarded either as waste or as surplus to need. I gain great satisfaction in the knowledge that by re-purposing these materials I am extending their life and their usefulness. I believe that education is the best way to achieve positive change and that art is one of the best ways to provide this education in a non-didactic, non-threatening way. Viewers are attracted to my work by the colours and materials used, but they are enthralled and deeply affected by the ideas held within each piece. For some people, my ideas and concerns echo and enforce their own thereby creating an immediate community. For others, being introduced to my work is the first step in a journey of personal growth.

Experimentation is a key element in all my work. I love the thrill of working with, and exploring, the unknown. I enjoy the process of gaining familiarity with that which was previously unmapped, whether it is a new material, a new technique, or a new idea.

I have shown my work in both public and artist-run galleries across Canada and in the United States. Images of my pieces have also appeared in Fiberarts (no longer published) and Surface – two magazines dedicated to international fiber art. I was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Salt Spring National Art Prize.