Joanna Rogers
Textile Artist


(posted on 3 Jan 2018)

I made cushions for Christmas presents and took this opportunity to explore two themes that have been interesting me lately; the Fibonacci sequence of numbers and Morse Code. Both these concepts translate really well into pattern and colour.



Fibonacci Sequence Cushions.

Fibonacci sequence cushions


Morse Code Cushion.


Morse Code cushion

Every day I take my little dog, Zeb, for at least one hike, if not two and there are visits to the beach thrown in too. These are my time to organize my thoughts, slot ideas into place, plan new work and breathe. The colours and textures that I see on my walks are echoed in my work; sun glinting on water, lichen on trees, lilies on a lake, sunsets and sunrises, complicated rock formations.

Joanna Rogers with Zeb Jack Russell at Burgoyne Bay

I am lucky enough to have my hand dyed silk scarves for sale in several gallery shops around the province and also at Talisman Books on Pender Island. Look for them at Craft Connection in NelsonThe Old School House in Qualicum BeachTwo Rivers Gallery in Prince GeorgeComox Valley Art Gallery in Courtenay,and Campbell River Art Gallery. I also sell my scarves on my Etsy store Three Fates Studio.

I dye my scarves in small batches and in this way I capture the mood of the day, the season, the light. No two scarves are ever the same. I fold each scarf,secure the folds and then apply the colour. I wait for the magic to happen. I love unwrapping the little packages to see what lies inside. The colour and pattern combinations are sometimes truly remarkable.I use the landscape around me for inspiration; the forests and beaches. And I try to capture the patterns of light on different bodies of water at different times of day and at different times of the year. 


hand dying shibori folded silk scarves on Pender Island


hand dyed shibori folded silk scarves drying


hand dyed shibori folded silk scarves washed and drying on Pender Island

cassette tape overshot handwoven kiribati armour

I was so thrilled to be one of 49 finalists in the Salt Spring National Art Prize 2017 exhibit at Mahon Hall in Ganges on Salt Spring Island this fall. Over 2100 entries were received from artists living all over Canada and working in all media so my piece, In Memorium or the Wake of Progress, being selected was a huge achievement for me.

More information on the prize can be found here SSNAP

Living so close, on Pender Island, I was lucky enough to be able to attend both the Opening and CLosing Galas as well as give an Artist Talk during the run of the show (September 21 - October 22, 2017). It was a beautiful show containing thought-provoking, daring and visually stunning art - both 2 and 3 dimensional. The organizers, jurors and the many volunteers did an absolutely amazing job and made this an exhibit not to be forgotten.

Congratulations to the award winners. Your pieces were all well-deserving of the recognition. Hats off to you:)



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