JA Felt

"I consider Janice Arnold to be one of today‘s leading hand felters."
Matilda McQuaid, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum


Artist's Biography

As the daughter of a cartographer, Janice Arnold grew up looking at the world in landscapes rather than countries, contour lines rather than boundaries, textures rather than cultures.

Fine fabric was always a passion. Throughout college she was enamored with folk art, high fashion and studied a wide variety of textile traditions. She traveled extensively to learn traditional techniques within cultural contexts.

JA started making handmade Felt in 1999 for a large scale sculpture commission for the Nordstrom Corporation stores. She has focused intently on making Felt as functional fabric and art form ever since.