large cloudscape in barn timber


“These fiber compositions are a meditation on nature; the feel of the sun or the smell of an approaching storm, the sounds of bugs singing in high grass or waves lapping the shore under a full moon.  My process requires me to consider the mood and ambiance of each landscape, drawing from my own sense memory as I lay down the foundations of color and shadow.  Eventually I build up to the final details where the smallest highlight can snap my vision into focus.  After such a laboriously abstract process I am surprised every time as I stand back and feel myself in that space at last.    I work from many photographs, but beyond an image a feeling is captured to be translated into the final work.”   – Jaana Mattson


Using delicate layers of dyed wool, built up on the surface one wisp at a time with a barbed needle, one can manipulate light and color in much the same way as an impressionistic painter. The resulting layers of fiber, three dimensional and textured, create an image blended by the viewer’s eye for incomparable richness.

The organic textures of fiber against wood draw the hand as well as the eye to examine the subtly layered compositions of these mixed-media sculptures. The completed felt textiles are recessed into locally milled and reclaimed timber, capturing an organic resonance between wood grain and wool fiber.

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Jaana Mattson lives, works and teaches from her home studio in Uptown, Minneapolis, MN.   In 1999 she completed her MFA with a focus in fibers at UW-Seattle.  For over 10 years she then designed and produced art jewelry before returning to her mixed-media sculptural roots to explore craft in new and sculptural dimensions through welding, stained glass, encaustic medium and fibers combined with found objects. Her current body of work comprised of wood and fiber emerged from this study of diverse media and new perspectives on craft tradition


Jaana can be reached at or 612-723-2114

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