Susan D. Johnson
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Rustic textiles in extreme northern climates have held my imagination for many years. Scandinavian design rag rugs have been the main product of my interest. Rag weave has specifically fascinated me because of its history, which speaks of scarcity and survival through the process of conservation and materials that were accessible.
The design aspect of rough and plain weave attests to the human need to make beautiful objects no matter how limiting the physical circumstances.
I began to weave in 1981. I established a weaving studio and retail store, Avalanche Looms, in 2000. My work has been seen on the cover of Country Living Magazine, in House Beautiful and other national home magazines, in Fiber Arts magazine, and in Heather Allen's Contemporary Rag Weavers. My rugs were featured in the Chicago Tribune. I am currently working on rag rya wool rugs and linen, spaced-warp window weaves.