Therese Johnson, artist, maker and natural dyer, combines traditional handcrafts with contemporary design,, making a range of individually designed scarves. Therese graduated with a degree in Contemporary Textile Practice from the Cleveland College of Art and Design (now Northern School of Art) in 2012.
"My desire to create is stimulated by the natural landscape, finding inspiration in texture, form and surface. This can be many things; the detailed markings on beach stones, pattern on the bark of a tree, or the delicacy of lichen against black granite rock.
Alongside my passion for textiles, I am passionate about natural dyes, harvesting plants, berries and weeds to extract their natural colours. Using dye plants from my garden and foraging from hedgerows, provides me a close connection to nature and the rhythms of the seasons.
I work intuitively and spontaneously, adding layers of dye to cloth and wool. It is a slow and unpredictable process, no two dye baths are ever the same. Indeed, this is what attracts me and the subtle beauty of the colours and prints obtained, makes time spent both satisfying and worthwhile.
My collection of individually designed scarves, uses natural dyes, hand printing, with hand knit and crochet. Each scarf I create is a record of a walk in the natural landscape, embedding the richness of colour and print, with hand crocheted and hand knitted abstract forms"
Scarves are available to purchase from the online shop and Therese is happy to make scarves to commission.