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Welcome to the entangled web site of Joi Rae Textiles. Based in Kyoto, Japan, but in contact with the world, principal designer and felt-maker Jorie Johnson creates, works, exhibits, and teaches. Through her novel textures, surface motifs, and style, she expresses a new vision of the ancient technique of feltmaking.
Joi Rae Textiles is a textile design studio producing innovative hand-felted woolen fabrics for clothing, accessories, berets, and hats, as well as unique carpets and wall-pieces for interior spaces.

My FeltMaking Book!

Jorie has published an illustrated book in Japanese that introduces you to the joy and art of feltmaking, and shows you step-by-step how to make some unique items.


FeltMaking and Wool Magic
Joi Rae felt making book

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The book includes chapters on the story of wool; the history of feltmaking; traditional and contemporary motifs; washing, carding, and blending wool; plus 18 original projects with instructive pictorial layouts accompanying each.
Beginning with soft dyed and carded wool fleece, the student is instructed how to control the shrinking process of the wool into a strong fabric and continue to shape the work into its final three-dimensional form.

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Textile Forum Magazine
June 2012
signed magazine cover
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SIGNED Magazine
Hong Kong Design Institute
signed magazine cover
730kb .pdf

500 Felt Objects
fa magazine

Ceramics Now Magazine
Keiko Gallery artists feature
Jorie Johnson Interview
fa magazine
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Jorie to appear on NHK-TV
"Suteki ni Handmade" program in Japan
July 14 & 21
fa magazine
The theme of the program is "Felt in the summer," and Jorie will make a cool, airy triangular shawl. Thursdays, 21:30-21:50. Show website link

ver Filtz Und zuge Näht magazine feature
fa magazine

Fiberarts magazine
spring 2011
fa magazine

Feltmaking and Wool Magic

Artbox vol. 13
Hat Design File
teoriya magazine
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Teoriya Magazine
Winter 2010
teoriya magazine

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Fabulous Felt Scarves republished in paperback with new cover for 2010
fabulous felt scarves book
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Jorie on NHK-TV
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venetia tv
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Cover magazine
summer 2010
teoriya magazine
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Teoriya Magazine
Spring 2010
teoriya magazine
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Textile Forum magazine
March 2010
textile forum magazine
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Jorie on TV in Japan: Venetia's Handmade Lifestyle
Jorie's Feb. 7 appearance will be replayed on NHK BSHi Feb. 28 at
19:30 and Mar. 3 at 12:00 and 21:30

venetia
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Surface Design Journal
Winter 2010
surface design journal
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Felt Matters magazine
September 2009
Felt Matters magazine
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Fashioning Felt
Smithsonian exhibition book

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verFilzt magazine (German)

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Art as Bread

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Surface Design Magazine
Winter 2008

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Uniquely Felt

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Letter Arts Review

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New Book from Joi Rae Textiles

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Felt Magazine (Japan)

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Taito Magazine (Finland)

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ACTV - My Life in Japan (video)

My Life in Japan. Jorie talks about feltmaking and how she came to live in Japan. (scroll down for Jorie's video, streaming QT)

Book: Fabulous Felt Hats

Contemporary Fiber Art: Shibori

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Wohnen mit Filz

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The Beauty of Traditional
Handicrafts from the Silk Road

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Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot

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Artwear: Fashion and Anti-Fashion

Jorie Johnson designs selected for exhibition and book on history of wearable art. Click for images.

Excellence Award given to
Joi Rae Textiles Designs

Two fabric lengths from the Joi Rae Textile "Mosaic : Shibori" Fall/Winter felt fabric collection were selected for this year's Japan Creations 2005 Textile Contest. The exhibition of selected works will be held at Big Site (Tokyo International Exhibition Center,) Tokyo, from December 1-3, 2004. This is the 5th year in a row that the JRTex studio has had work chosen for this special event and the 2nd time to receive the prestigious Award for Excellence.
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Surface Design Magazine
Summer 2004

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Brutus Magazine April 2004

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Fiberarts Design Book 7

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Art Box In Japan

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Embroidery Magazine
embroidery magazine article
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Ginka Magazine
Ginka magazine (Japanese, 166kb)
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The Fiberarts Book of Wearable Art
fiber arts book
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Exhibitions & Workshops

2013.1.29-2.10 • Kyoto
Wind Shields-Jorie Johnson exhibition
Gallery Nishikawa

2012.4.24-6.2 • Colorado, USA
Textiles Today-Redefining
the medium
Durango Arts Center

2011.11.15-12.04.15 • NYC
Hats: An Antholgy
Bard Graduate Center Gallery

2012.3.8-11 • Kyoto
Sheep's Palette 2012 Kyoto
Museum of Kyoto

2012.3.1-12 • Kobe
Venetia and Circle of Friends Exhibition
Kobe Daimaru Museum

2012.1.14-21 • Tokyo
Jorie Johnson Collection
Ecru+HM

2011.12.7-18 • Kyoto
Art Works in Kyoto
Gallery Toyoda Exhibition

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2011.11.21-12.3 • Osaka
Felt Warm Biz exhibition
Vagrie Slow Space

2011.10.14-11.15 • Vancouver
Jorie Johnson Felt
Warm Biz exhibition

2011.6.22-26 • Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto Int'l Community House
Tohoku charity Exhibition

2011.5.1-5 • Kyoto, Japan
Kawashima Textile School
Feltmaking Part 1 Workshop

2011.3.12-20 • Ishikawa, Japan
The Smell of Spring
Jorie Johnson Exhibition
at Gallery Tonellico


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2011.1.18-28 • Nara, Japan
Jorie Johnson Exhibition
Gallery Aigura


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2010.12.1-12 • Kyoto
Art Works in Kyoto
Gallery Toyoda Exhibition

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2010.12.16-21 • Matsuyama
Three Artists, 10 Colors
Gallery Tanaka Exhibition

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2010.12.04-30 • Boston
The Way of Wool
Keiko Gallery Exhibition

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2010.11.09-14 • Kyoto
2010 Kyoto Art Festival
International Exhibition


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2010.11.09-14 • Kyoto
2010 Kyoto Art Festival
Gallery Kei-Fu Exhibition


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2010.10.25-11.06 • Hiroshima
Knit and Felt

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2010.11.3 • Kyoto
A Sense of Tea at Shusuitei
Women Artists Association

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2010.9.24-10.22 • Osaka
La Bella Mostra Exhibition 2010

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2010.6.24-30 • Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Long Indelible Indigo Thread

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2010.5.29-30 • Wakayama
Women Artists Association Exhibition
A Sense of Tea

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2010.5.1-5 • Kyoto
Kawashima Textile School
Feltmaking Wool Magic Workshop
kawashima textile school kyoto
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Greetings to all as we near Golden Week in Japan.

The annual Kawashima Textile School (KTS) "Feltmaking Wool Magic"
intensive with be held May 1-5 in Ichihara, Kyoto.

An in depth practical workshop covering a broad range from traditional
nomadic carpets to contemporary hat-making through slide talks and
exercises geared for beginners-intermediates and teachers. We will have a
short lecture each day, followed by a demonstration exercise and direct
application of previous day's study. On the final day we will learn how to
make equipment essential for feltmaking including hat forms and woven
mats. A marvelous experience and unforgettable Golden Week. The school
offers dormitory living and three meals a day in the village nestled in
the northern mountains for Kyoto and in proximity to Kurama Hot Springs as
well.

Any persons wishing more information can contact the office of KTS directly or email me.

2010.3.31-4.09 • Kyoto
Mongolian Wool Exhibition


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2010.2.25-3.9 • Tokyo
Tamagawa Takashimaya
Miniature Textile Exhibition


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2010.2.3-14 • Kyoto
Gallery Nishikawa
Jorie Johnson Exhibition


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2010.1.16-23 • Ginza, Tokyo
Ecru + HM Gallery
Jorie Johnson Exhibition


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2009.12.8-20 • Kyoto
ART LIFE MITSUHASHI
Jorie Johnson Exhibition


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2009.12.2-13 • Kyoto
Gallery Toyoda


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2009.11.14-23 • Tokushima
Gallery Nokiha


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2009.10.19-31 • Osaka
La Bella Mostra Exhibition 2009


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2009.3.6-9.7 • New York City
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum


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2009.2.10-20 • Saga, Japan
Gallery Yuu


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2009.1.21-2.1 • Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Shunn


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2008.12.3–14 • Kyoto, Japan
Exhibition at Gallery Toyoda


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2008.11.14–20 • Chiba, Japan
Exhibition at Gallery Karakudo


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2008.3.1–9 • Osaka, Japan
Exhibition at Gallery Nekogameya


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2008.2.12–23• Nara, Japan
Gallery Aigura Exhibition


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2008.1.14–21• Tokyo
Spring Buds


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2007.11.4–27• Tokyo
Warmth of Cloth


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2007.12.5–16• Kyoto, JP
Art Works in Fushimi 2007


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2007.10.24-11.2 • Sendai, JP
Warm Biz

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2007.9.4-29• NYC, USA
Woolen Magic

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2007.6.15-17• Michigan, USA

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2007.2.23-3.10 • Akita, Japan

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2007.2.2-4.22 • Boston, MA
Timeless Vessels

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2007.2.7-11• Tokyo

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2006.11.27-12.2 • Tokyo
Hatsuyuki • First Snow of Winter

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2006.5.23-6.3 • Kyoto, Japan
Ripple

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2006.3.2-7 • Matsuyama, Japan
Spring Tranquility

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2006.2.11-19 • Saga, Japan
On the Wind

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2006.1.12-21 • Tokyo, Japan
Wrapped in the Light of Spring

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2005.12.7–18 • Kyoto, Japan
Art Works in Fushimi 2005


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2005.10.19–28 • Sendai, Japan
Jorie Johnson Exhibition


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2005.11.16–27 • Kyoto, Japan
Jorie Johnson Exhibition


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2005.10.5–9 • Kyoto, Japan
"Circles" Women Artist's Association

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April 10-May 22, 2005 • Connecticut, USA
How They Felt: Contemporary Felt Works Exhibition

May 14-October 30, 2005 • California, USA

Artwear: Fashion and Anti-fashion

May 15–June 12, 2005 • Tokyo, Japan
Textile Catalysts: SHIBORI Shaping the 21st Century

July 1-7, 2005 • Tokyo, Japan
"Nihon Daisuki" I love Japan Exhibit

August 6–Sept. 30, 2005 • Tokyo, Japan
Silk Road Embellishment of Beauty

August 13 – Sept. 17, 2005 • Pennsylvania, USA
“Standing in the Fields” Jorie Johnson Exhibition

Lectures

June 2- June 5, 2005 • Missouri, USA
International Surface Design Association Conference

June 15, 2005 • NYC, USA
Joi Rae Textile Studio: Kyoto


Workshops

May 1 – 5, 2005 • Kyoto, Japan
“Express Introduction to Felt Making”
2005 Hand Week Workshops

May 28 – June 1, 2005 • Missouri, USA

“Seductive Surfaces in Felt Making” 3-day workshop at International Surface Design Association Conference, “Uncovering the Surface”

June 10 –14, 2005 • Pennsylvania, USA
Express Beginners (2-day): Group sampling, talisman neck pouch.
Motif Exploration (1-day): Loops, Tails, & Dimples.
Fine Beret Making (2-day): Supple and sexy for the Mademoiselle in You

August 12 – 16, 2005 • New Jersey, USA
Heads Up! Fine Berets and Mini-stoles

August 29th- September 2, 2005 • Massachusetts, USA
Seductive Surfaces (3-day, 2 sessions)

September 9th –11th • Pennsylvania, USA
Carpet Making Class (3-day)