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Exhibiting and Selling your Fiber Art
Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Lowell, MA
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Melanie Johnston and Joan Blade Johnson 

Melanie and Joan will be talking about their experience exhibiting and selling their fiber art. They have many recommendations for anyone thinking about or interested in taking this next step as a professional fiber artist.  


See our Gem Scarves at
The New Britain Museum of American Art Giftshop
56 Lexington St.
New Britain, CT 06052

Small works for sale at the Art Center East Gift Shop
709 Hartford Turnpike
Vernon, CT 06066

Joan Blade Johnson 

Melanie Johnston


I am an artist working with textiles. My subject matter ranges from the realistic to collage and abstract. I use commercial and hand dyed cotton and silk as well as any other interesting fabric that strikes my fancy.  I particularly enjoy dyeing and painting my own fabric using a variety of techniques from ice dyeing and shibori to gradation and whole cloth.

I am a bit of a technique junkie and enjoy experimenting with all the possible ways to transform textile. In addition to several dyeing methods, I like printing, stamping, and adding glitter, foil, oil sticks, colored pencil, beading, Anglina fiber, painted/heat distressed tyvek, and paper to my fiber art pieces. I also transfer designs and photos using various transfer techniques or just print directly on to fabric. Quilting brings it all to life with texture.

I often work, teach and exhibit with fellow fiber artist, Joan Blade Johnson. To see Joan's work click here.

contact me:

217 N. Bigelow Rd, Hampton, CT 06247

In the News:

Quilting Arts Magazine October/November 2014

Quilting Arts Magazine Feb/March 2014

CT Magazine - May 2014

Reminder News - May 27, 2014

Quilting Arts Magazine October/November 2013 p.81

November 2013 Issue of CHAT Magazine