Pam Johnson Pam Johnson - Art Quilts
PO Box 203, Monterey, MA 01245
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Background:

Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Pam Johnson moved to the United States in 1980 and worked in management for 13 years at Digital Equipment Corporation, a major computer company in the Boston area. She and her husband, Bill (BJ), live full time in Monterey.

Pam has been creating art quilts since 1981, and has made quilts using a variety of techniques including: piecing, machine thread painting, hand and machine appliqué, trapunto and hand and machine quilting.

Gardening has been a life-long passion and the inspiration for quilts in the Woodland and Garden series, which are all machine pieced and quilted. The process involves creating a sketch, often based on photographs or detail drawings, developing that into a master piecing diagram with each element numbered and from those creating templates. The fabrics are all cotton. Most are designed especially for quilting, but some are decorator fabrics. Selecting the dozens of fabrics in each quilt from hundreds laid out in the studio takes the most time. All the pieces are pinned to the design wall before starting sewing to ensure the colors work together, to create illusions of depth, light and shadow and to create overall balance.

Recently Pam has been experimenting with non-representational work and different construction techniques.

Pam studied Botanical Drawing, Graphite Levels I & II at the New York Botanical Garden and Colored Pencil at the Berkshire Botanical Garden; she has taken water color classes focused on drawing from nature, has twice taken Ruth B. McDowell's week long art quilt design classes and also classes from professional art quilters Jude Patoka and Pamela Allen.