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Tom Johnson

This body of my work - which is created by taking multiple layers of fabric, manipulating, sewing, cutting, and washing them to make the fibers “bloom” - had a serendipitous beginning. I had fabric remnants from a variety of architectural and interior design projects. I started experimenting with layering, sewing them in lines at close intervals, cutting and washing, in an effort to create a soft, tactile, dog-friendly throw for our sofa. The results got my creative juices flowing. I quickly saw lots of possibilities, determined which fabrics worked best and how this newly created “Ridge and Furrow Chenille” could be used. Benches and ottomans soon followed. “Ridge and Furrow” designs for the wall, as well as a “quilt,” developed simultaneously.

After seeing quilts at the Modern Quilt Show in Austin that had graphic messages, and wanting to commemorate the death of a couple of close friends, I started creating pillows with a message. The pillows led me to explore color applied in strips to the top layer. My most recent piece, “Passage,” utilizes this technique as well as washed and unwashed layers.

The process continues to excite me and take me in new directions. I am influenced by the tradition of quilt making as well as by modern and minimalist quilts (and on some level by the randomness of Jackson Pollock). I’m inspired by the surprises that come from the layers beneath the surface, the interplay of color, interpreting what I see around me in this medium of fabric and threads, expressing a message that grabs me, and the endless possibilities.

More of Tom's work, specifically his sculptural pieces, can be found in either the Sculpture or Textile Sculpture sections.



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TOM JOHNSON: Go Hawks Pillow

TOM JOHNSON: Go Hawks Pillow

Something to snuggle up with on Sundays (especially if you happen to be a 12 - one of the huge army of Seattle Seahawks fans!). For you fans of other teams, the artist might consider creating a custom pillow in this style. Please contact the Gallery for special orders. Made of handcrafted multi-layered textile - Ridge & Furrows. Dimensions: 18" x...
$345.00

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TOM JOHNSON: Grow the Circle Wide Pillow

TOM JOHNSON: Grow the Circle Wide Pillow

Made of handcrafted multi-layered textiles, in a process he calls Ridge and Furrows. Dimensions: 18" x 18".
$345.00

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TOM JOHNSON: Merry and Bright Pillow

TOM JOHNSON: Merry and Bright Pillow

'Tis the season! Snuggle up with this wonderful pillow for a festive Merry and Bright look anywhere in the house. Crafted in Tom's signature Ridge-and-Furrow technique and ready to dress up your couch for the holidays. Dimensions: 18" x 18".
$345.00

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Tom Johnson: Better Together Pillow

Tom Johnson: Better Together Pillow

"Better Together" Pillow made of handcrafted multi-layered textile - Ridge & Furrows - Dimensions: 18" x 18" CONTACT us to ORDER your CUSTOM pillow in this style!
$345.00

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Tom JOHNSON: Come Sail Away Pillow

Tom JOHNSON: Come Sail Away Pillow

Come Sail Away Pillow is made of handcrafted multi-layered textiles - Ridge & Furrows - Dimensions: 18" x 18"
$345.00

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TOM JOHNSON: HoHoHo Pillow

TOM JOHNSON: HoHoHo Pillow

This beauty wandered in just in time for Christmas gift-giving! Created in Tom's trademark multi-layered Ridge-and-Furrows fabric, this is lovely and snuggly, all dressed up in colors of the season to add holiday spice to your couch! Dimensions: 18" x 18".
$345.00

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TOM JOHNSON: Make No Wake Pillow

TOM JOHNSON: Make No Wake Pillow

Make No Wake Pillow is made of handcrafted multi-layered textiles - Ridge & Furrows - Dimensions: 18" x 18"
$345.00

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TOM JOHNSON: No Name Pillow

TOM JOHNSON: No Name Pillow

No Name Pillow is made of handcrafted multi-layered textiles - Ridge & Furrows - Dimensions: 18" x 18" CONTACT us to your order your CUSTOM pillow in this style!
$345.00

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Tom JOHNSON: What Ever Pillow

Tom JOHNSON: What Ever Pillow

What Ever Pillow is made of handcrafted multi-layered textiles - Ridge & Furrows - Dimensions: 18" x 18" CONTACT us to order your CUSTOM pillow in this style!
$345.00

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