I was born near Disneyland California. My first memory is of watching the firework display through the window of my room. I was in awe, Tinkerbell lived next door too!

At the age of 10 we moved to Santa Rosa, California where I had a different kind of night display, the clear night sky with bright stars  and the discovery of the giant Redwoods. I went to San Francisco State University and studied Theatre Arts BA. It was through my research in costume that I became interested in Japanese art and design, especially textiles and the hundred shades of indigo. I went to Japan to study with a master artisan of the kimono using yuzen, shibori and roketsuzome.

Later, in Hong Kong my creative practice was influence by the tropical environment filled with light and noise, my work became more abstracted clear and bold in colour. I went to London and wild West Wales and found it equally inspiring.

I found the dust and grime of ingrained surfaces, when the edges are worn with layers of time, and muted colours greyed into man made materials. I experience Nature here, a rivers current and looking up through the heavy deep grey black blue sky to a ray of light reflecting back.

I make my own non-toxic fermentation indigo vats using a centuries old formula, plant dyes and pigments from the Earth on washi, wool, silk and contrast this with industrial materials- cast iron, steel, concrete. This engages me in a dialogue that creates a deeper connectedness to being.The tension of light, ephemeral and heavy dark industry produces a emotional experience.

“Being part of the whole process from seed to finished artwork is a meditative spiritual experience that brings a deeper emotional connection to nature and humanity.”

Indigo has been culturally, economically and socially significant for 6,000 years and it continues to inspire me. A heavy dark industry contrasts with light and shade in the material. An historic and timeless process produces something transient. The Universal becomes personal. These tensions provoke an powerful response.

I am available for teaching workshops, speaking engagements and commissions.



Being and Doing 1 full view

Being and Doing

wild feathers 1

Wild Feathers In a Iron Landscape

Drinking up the clouds 4

Drinking Up The Clouds


Forbidden Love , sculpture

By | Uncategorised | No Comments

Happy to present my latest sculpture ‘Forbidden Love’.  H 210cm x W 52cm x D 30cm , handmade madder, mulberry dye/pigments, silk, wool, mulberry tree branches. 2023

‘Forbidden Love’ is part of the series ‘Stains of Forbidden Love’ inspired by my love for the Belsize Park mulberry tree who is now 400+ years young. Planted by James I for silk production but she was the wrong type of mulberry…..makes me love her more.

The mulberry tree is the “tree of life” and “herb of immortality”, one of the oldest plant used by humans. The sprit of mulberry encourages us to set aside our fears of scarcity and rejoice in gratitude and abundance.Forbidden love, W52cm x H210 xD 30- 120 varied,handmade dye:pigment Madder, mulberry, silk, wool, 2023, Justine Johnson 1Forbidden Love, W52cm x H 210 x D30-120 variable, handmade natural madder, mulberry dye:pigment , silk, wool, mulberry, 2023 Justine Johnson SV5,Forbidden Love, detail , handmade natural madder, mulberry dye, pigment, silk,wool,2023, Justine Johnson jForbidden Love, Jj, Back view 2

Judges Choice

By | Uncategorised | No Comments

Absolutely thrilled that ‘Wild feathers in a Iron landscape’ has been selected as Judges Choice by The College of Psychic Studies for the 2023 art competition.  judges choice



"Peacock Star" It’s absolutely beautiful! I look forward to enjoying it for many years to come.

Jose R Bandujo, founder + chief creative officer, bandujo.com, NY2021

"Be Here Now" really speaks to me and has a real depth and spirituality that I find both daunting and soothing. It actually captures a lot of the feelings I have about the world right now.

SK Tsang, Collector, London 2020

To the skies Justine Johnson looks with a similar attention as a haiku poet who tries to stay awake for his everyday sensual impressions. A very old Japanese haiku is like this: 'In the paper door, keyhole the whole heavenly stream.'"

Harald Ruppert2017



This is clever stuff, expertly done, and none of it more expressive than Justine Johnson's "Bell for Peace", a fragile, helmet-shaped form, half-eroded by rust as iron wont to do. Stained, worn and fragmentary, it appears to be a bell made from an ancient Viking helmet or relic of a long-forgotten war. Beautiful in its decay, it lingers as a palimpsest of failure, loss and hope.

Mary Abbe, Star Tribune Minneapolis2011

And, as if to push it home Justine Johnson gives us "Juliette", a hooded serpent basking on a rock, waiting to lure a hapless victim into temptation; its identity-or is its predatory gaze-covered with a red leather mask.

Darryl Corner, Western Mail2009

Over 20 years of knowing Justine as an artist she has shown a dedication to making work that combines a high level of investigation and conceptual thought with a deep sense of materiality, which always makes for thought provoking pieces.

Ken Rorrison, owner Henley Halebrown Rorrison