Using delicate layers of dyed roving, Jaana's needle felted wool textiles are built and anchored one wisp at a time with a notched needle until the image becomes fabric. With these materials, one can manipulate light and color in much the same way as an impressionist painter, with the resulting layers of fiber blended by the viewer’s eye. The organic textures of wool and wood energize each other as the textile is recessed into locally milled or reclaimed timber.
Unfortunately participation in all art fairs, workshops, retreats and in-person events have been suspended until further notice for the duration of the pandemic.When normal activities resume, check out the event schedule to see where Jaana is confirmed to display her art.
Previously Jaana has offered workshops in locations across the country. Unfortunately classes have been suspended until further notice for the duration of the pandemic. Stay tuned for a forthcoming book and videos of her Needle Felted Landscape tutorials, with materials available for purchase on this site for Spring 2021.
Jaana Mattson recently moved her home and studio from Minnesota to Western North Carolina. In 1999 she completed her MFA with a focus in fibers at UW-Seattle. After designing and producing art jewelry for 10 years, Jaana returned to her mixed-media roots to explore craft in new and sculptural dimensions through welding, stained glass, encaustic medium and fibers combined with found objects.