Looming Thunderhead in Oak


Based in Marshall, NC, Jaana Mattson completed her MFA with a focus on fibers at the University of Washington in 1999. She then designed and produced art jewelry for ten years before returning to her mixed-media roots. Since 2014, she has been developing new techniques in needle felting to best capture the vibrancy and nuance of landscape.

Using delicate layers of dyed wool roving, Jaana’s needle-felted landscapes are created in layered wisps until the image becomes fabric. Her fiber work is based on a realistic and vibrant rendering of the natural world around us, with occasional forays into surrealist narratives and implied stories within the landscapes. Finished textile compositions are embedded in sculptural wood framing or antique wooden elements.

“The organic textures of wool and wood energize each other,” says Jaana, “and the resulting sculpture takes on a resonance greater than the sum of its parts.”

  • Artist: Jaana Mattson
  • Needle felted wool and oak
  • Dimensions: 30″ H x 8.5″ W x .75″ D


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