Carol of Studio Tupla

Carol of Studio Tupla

About The Artist

Carol Rajala Johnson • Grand Rapids, MN
Fiber & Textiles

Living with art in a form that can be used every day, whether to dry your hands, set your table or wear on your body, is a tangible reminder of the beauty that surrounds us and connects us to one another. Through the craft of handweaving, I create textiles as functional art.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

My desire to create cloth stems from an early interest in sewing. In my younger days I made many of my own clothes, including some original designs. I gradually found myself focusing less on the garment I was making, and more on the fabric itself. I would carefully follow the paths of the individual threads, and soon I began to see how the various ways they intertwine and interlace could affect the qualities of the cloth as a whole. I felt compelled to learn more, and to weave the cloth myself.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

My work is influenced by the language of patterns, drawing from my background in mathematics as well as my Nordic heritage, to convey, either overtly or subliminally, the patterns and rhythms found in the natural world. I particularly love how the many facets of weaving engage and challenge both the right and left brain, and how all the elements of fiber, color, structure and finishing technique are brought together to produce excellent cloth well suited to its purpose.