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Virginia B. Johnson

Virginia B. Johnson is primarily a costume designer and costume supervisor for film and television.  She received her MFA in 2000 from West Virginia University – Morgantown.  Virginia taught at Tufts University from 2000 to 2007 and was the Head of Design and Technology from 2002 to 2006.  She taught courses on the principles of design, costume design, makeup design, costume technology, and fashion history.

It is no wonder that Virginia’s own arts and crafts movement is grounded in textiles.  She has been sewing since she was eight, learning how to do simple cross-stitch with her grandmother on the back porch of the Johnson home in a small town in Iowa.  She took the first prize in home economics three years in a row at Dodson Junior High School in San Pedro, California purely out of diligent attention to measuring and treating the course just like algebra or biology.

Since moving to West Medford in 2006, Virginia’s focus has been on the sustainable practice of the domestic arts.  She is the co-author of the blog: www.greenisthenewblack.squarespace.com  Virginia explores ways to use what she already has on hand, mixes this with organic and local products, as well as creates things that can substitute for less desirable products in the home.  Her work strives to make art a part of everyday life in a multitude of ways and pays homage to the domestic creativity of the many women that have nurtured her.