My name’s Johanna, I live in the West of Scotland. I studied textiles at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee and fashion the Royal College of Art in London. I have been making dolls, puppets and creatures since childhood but only stopped hiding them from other people in the last few years.
Themes of transformation and transmutation are always present in my work. I create figures that are frozen in the moment between one state and the next. Rather than aiming to recreate a flawless, idealised view of the human figure in a doll, I find beauty in the incomplete, the broken, the decayed, lost, unexpected and vulnerable.
All of my pieces are individually hand dyed using herbal and plant infusions gathered in Scotland and prepared by hand in my studio. Each piece is a response not only to my own creative inclination at the time of making, but to the season, weather, vegetation and environment around me at a particular time and place.
When I’m not in my studio I collect herbs, knit socks, make soap, practice yoga, observe the night sky through telescopes, dance the Tango and walk my dog. My favourite places are beaches, forests, staircases, and museums.