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2022 Best of Show
Artist Bio: Jaana Mattson is an artist, author and instructor working with landscapes in wool and wood. She has been developing her layered, painterly style of needle felting and mixed media sculpture over the past 10 years. In 2021 her book "Jaana Mattson's Landscapes in Wool: the Art of Needle Felting" was released from Schiffer Publishing, and she now travels from her home and studio in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina to show her work and offer workshops around the country.
Artist Statement: These subtle yet vibrant needle-felted wool landscapes are built-up one wisp at a time with a notched needle until the image becomes fabric. The artist is guided by the emotion of color until the layers are blended by the viewer’s eye, while the wood both protects and amplifies the wool landscape.