ARTIST STATEMENT: Since 2010 Doug Johnston has focused on a process of coiling and stitching rope into a variety of functional and sculptural objects. The technique is a modernized version of the ancient craft of coiling, used in ceramics and basketry to create vessels of all shapes and sizes. Often working improvisationally, he draws from his background in architecture and music, exploring the spatial and formal possibilities of material manipulation. Johnston likes to think of his sewing machine as a 3D printer; the pieces he makes are informed by the additive processes of digital rapid prototyping while welcoming the feedback and natural glitches inherent to hand-forming and analog material manipulation.
Johnston's work includes art, design, architecture and music, utilizing and exploring a variety of mediums and methods such as installation, fiber art, sculpture, photography, and collaborative performance. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions around the United States and in online and print journals; an ongoing line of coiled and stitched rope pieces is available in boutiques and galleries around the world.
After graduating from Drury University with undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Studio Art, Doug later earned a Master of Architecture Degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has served as a guest critic and lecturer at several universities. His professional experience includes architecture, teaching, and architectural metal fabrication. Currently Doug works with his wife, Tomoe Matsuoka, in their Brooklyn studio.