Johanna Flanagan is a Scottish doll maker, costumiere and teacher. She studied Constructed Textiles at Duncan of Jordanstone college, then an MA in Fashion at the Royal College of Art. Throughout a career that meandered from catwalk, to film, to theatre, to historical costuming, Johanna always made dolls in secret, never really taking them seriously until her mid thirties when she decided to bring them out of the shadows.
Johanna’s work is heavily influenced by the natural world, themes of decay and restoration, and is a deeply personal reflection of her own emotional world. Her design approach is often led by intuition and an instinctive response to materials and subject matter. Johanna continues to work internationally in collaboration with fashion designers, artists, dancers and performers as a costumiere. She has been teaching and lecturing in colleges, art schools and museums for fourteen years, as well as teaching independently. As a doll maker, she is known as The Pale Rook.