Jaana Mattson is a mixed media artist who lives and works in her home studio in Minneapolis, MN. She completed her MFA with a focus in fibers at the University of Washington – Seattle in 1999, and until 2012 designed and produced art jewelry. In 2012 Jaana decided to return to her mixed-media sculptural roots, investigating a range of materials and techniques such as welding, stained glass, encaustic medium and fibers combined with found objects. Her current body of work comprised of wood and fiber emerged from this study of diverse media and new perspectives on craft traditions.
The artist’s goal has always been to apply an innovative and fine-arts perspective to traditional craft materials. With needle felting Jaana found the focus to explore, develop and push the boundaries of what is expected of textiles.