Of Douglas Johnson
The loom work of artist Douglas Johnson is breathtaking and very large. If you’ve ever worked on a loom, creating Large pieces can be quite a challenge. Many people sew panels together, and you can always see the seam. Others create larger and larger looms and strategies for managing large projects. This is what Douglas Johnson has done.
“I first came in contact with seed beads in 1970. At first I strung them into necklaces using different patterns of color. I loved the colors and was soon shown how to weave them on a loom.
Being a guitar player at the time I decided to make a guitar strap out of beads. So I built a long loom and started weaving a strip of beads to be sewn onto leather. As I was weaving this long strap, I thought it would be nice to get wilder and make a scene out of beads. Imagine a house and barn or even a little village.
So I built a loom that could hold four strips in a row, each strip was 25 beads wide (like my guitar strap) so I ended up with a piece 100 beads wide. I wove each strip separately and sewed them together when they were done.
It was not until 1990 that I figured out how to connect the rows on the loom ending up with a solid piece when taken off the loom.”