Joan Griffin is a full time artist hand weaving tapestries for exhibitions and commissions; her work has been shown in numerous juried exhibitions throughout the country and internationally Joan has woven tapestries for many public settings as well as private residences. She also offers workshops in tapestry weaving in her studio several times a year.
After undergraduate art school, Joan began her artistic career as a watercolor painter but soon began weaving about 50 years ago and concentrated on tapestry weaving about 40 years ago.
I focus on taking some elements of a natural landscape and translating it into my own imagery. The relationship between color and form is the most important consideration, with combinations of fine wool, silk and metallic yarns because of the different way that they react to light. I love spending time with the landscape and seeing what inspires me as I translate that into tapestry. Occasionally I experiment with bookmaking, textile collage, and eco printing but tapestry is my primary focus.