Joanna Rogers
Textile Artist

Joanna Rogers

I have always enjoyed finding an oddness in things. The bizarre holds a special kind of fascination for me. I strive to give visual voice to the incongruities I encounter, or imagine, as I go about my daily life.

I love colour and texture and am inspired by the stunning landscape surrounding me on Pender Island; patterns of light on different bodies of water, the trees, lichen, wild flowers, birds, rocks and beaches. My studies of Anthropology at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario and Textile History at Capilano College in North Vancouver, British Columbia have been extremely influential on my way of thinking as were 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 full of gorgeous architecture, museums and galleries.

I work with textiles, photographs and found objects. I am drawn to traditional surface design techniques such as hand dying, shibori, block printing, hand sewing, weaving. I like to hold the fabric in my hands as I manipulate it. I use low-tech methods of layering my photographs which give added depth to each piece. I avidly pick up all sorts of things on my daily walks with my dog (shells, feathers, leaves) and collect domestic debris (bottle caps, bread and produce tags, tea bag pouches). This amassed detritus becomes precious when displayed en masse and combined with fabric.

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 fibre art. I was selected as a finalist for the 2017 and 2021 Salt Spring National Art Prize.