Wall hanging in rya technique © 1994 Betty Johannesen Wall hanging in rya technique © 1994 Betty Johannesen

Gold Medal In: Weaving, 1995

  • Life Dates Born in Franklin County, Indiana
  • Occupation Weaving instructor, South Bend Regional Museum of Art
  • Residence at Time of Award South Bend, Indiana

Ribbons

  • 1990 Red ribbon for a table runner
  • 1994 Blue ribbon for a wall hanging in dansk brogd technique
  • 1994 Red ribbon for a wall hanging in rya technique
  • 1995 Red ribbon for a wall hanging in double weave technique
  • 1995 White ribbon for a wall hanging in double krokbragd technique

Artist Statement

I have been weaving for close to 40 years. After all of this time, each warp is still a challenge with its own set of problems to be solved. Each item from my loom is one of a kind and each is designed to solve a new problem. This approach keeps the process of designing and weaving from becoming an automatic procedure. For me, the designing and successful execution of a textile is far more interesting than the finished product. One of my beginning students once commented, “weaving requires the use of both sides of the brain.”

2008

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