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See our Gem Scarves at
The New Britain Museum of American Art Giftshop
56 Lexington St.
New Britain, CT 06052


Joan Blade Johnson 

Melanie Johnston


I am an artist working with textiles. My subject matter ranges from the realistic to collage and abstract. I use commercial and hand dyed cotton and silk as well as any other interesting fabric that strikes my fancy.  I particularly enjoy dyeing and painting my own fabric using a variety of techniques from ice dyeing and shibori to gradation and whole cloth.

I am a bit of a technique junkie and enjoy experimenting with all the possible ways to transform textile. In addition to several dyeing methods, I like printing, stamping, and adding glitter, foil, oil sticks, colored pencil, beading, Anglina fiber, painted/heat distressed tyvek, and paper to my fiber art pieces. I also transfer designs and photos using various transfer techniques or just print directly on to fabric. Quilting brings it all to life with texture.

I often work, teach and exhibit with fellow fiber artist, Joan Blade Johnson. To see Joan's work click here.

contact me:

217 N. Bigelow Rd, Hampton, CT 06247

Purchase one or more of my hand dyed "Gem" scarves on Etsy

In the News:

Quilting Arts Magazine October/November 2014

Quilting Arts Magazine Feb/March 2014

CT Magazine - May 2014

Reminder News - May 27, 2014

Quilting Arts Magazine October/November 2013 p.81

November 2013 Issue of CHAT Magazine