BA Textile Design
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London
Michaela is a contemporary textile designer and craftsperson.
Michaela’s practice investigates each element within the production process of woven textiles, exploring the potential for developing sustainable, circular ways of working that do not generate needless waste. Michaela’s hand-spun yarns are created from new and known fibres and coloured with her own natural dyes, which she makes from foraged and homegrown materials. She weaves her fabrics on handlooms, jacquard and homemade back strap looms. Motivated by functional, purpose-driven design, her working processes simultaneously look to the future and draw upon production methods from the past.
Michaela is one of 20 artists who were selected to show their work at In:Site 2022. The event took place in spring 2022.
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Michaela Johnston offered an opportunity to try weaving and spinning using natural materials in her project Woven Communities. The public were invited to play, experiment and explore how the materials perform and behave as you weave them in her onsite weaving studio. Drawing attention to the natural world and our dependence on it, Michaela’s project highlighted the connections and support that shared spaces and creative activities can bring to communities.