jennie johnston

jennie johnston


fibre | mixed media


Jennie grew up in rural Quebec and has a Fine Arts Degree from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.
On the journey to find her artistic voice she began combining traditional craft techniques like embroidery and quilting with painting and fabric design. Her work has been displayed in solo and group exhibits in British Columbia, Ontario, the U.S, and Italy. She also contributes to social activist art projects from all over the world including Australia and Mexico.

Jennie has also worked with community members through artist residencies to expand knowledge about quilting, textiles and sewing.

She lives with her husband and two sons outside of Vancouver British Columbia, which is the unceded Traditional Coast Salish Lands of the Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ), Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm), Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw) and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Nations.

artist statement

Through two-dimensional art pieces meant for traditional gallery wall display and interactive projects meant to engage the community with textiles, I create quilts that have surface design elements such as paint, embroidery, photo transfer and stitch. I seek to draw the viewer into an intimate experience, moving the eye across the surface in a textural journey.
I strive to honour the legacy of anonymous women’s work, and bridge art and craft offering an intimate experience of stitch and fabric.

My work studies the human condition as it relates to nature, social justice, and ancestry. Themes speak to my personal journey on this planet, coming from a lineage of travellers and settlers. With a deep reverence for nature my work explores connections with animals and plants, often referencing mythology. Through my craftivist work, I contribute to stitch projects that gather works from artists across the world, bringing important issues such as human rights, domestic abuse, and unpaid labour to the forefront.