Joanna Rogers
Textile Artist


(posted on 26 Sep 2021)

I was thrilled and honoured to be chosen as one of 52 finalists for the Salt Spring National Art Prize 2021. 

52 pieces were selected by a panel of 4 jurors out of almost 3,000 submissions from artists all across Canada.

The SSNAP 2021 Finalists Show is up and open at Mahon Hall in Ganges on Salt Spring Island, BC. The show runs until October 25, 2021.

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Opening Gala on Friday September 24. It was a lovely event. Covid restrictions made this even more precious. The show is stunning - beautifully hung - and each and every art work is worthy of a lengthy investigation. None disappoint.

Here is an image of the piece of mine in this amazing show...

hand woven hand dyed weaving morse code

Save Our Souls| 72″ x 18″ | Handwoven, hand-dyed mercerized cotton

I used a traditional Summer and Winter block pattern to weave the message “Save Our Souls” in morse code. I dyed the warp and weft threads with natural dyes (madder, cochineal, brazilwood, logwood, chestnut, pomegranate, myrobalan, cutch, walnut, marigold). The message can be read both vertically and horizontally and is picked out in the pink/orange/burgundy blocks. I am fascinated by non-verbal, antiquated modes of communication like morse code and semaphore. I love the slow, haptic nature of hand dying and hand weaving. The message in this piece silently screams the fate of our endangered species.

And me standing proudly by its side at the opening:)