My name is Jo Ann Manzone and I am a felter, garment maker, natural printer and dyer.
Love of fiber began at an early age when I learned to knit and sew. In my many years as a fiber artist and felter, I have made clothing and accessories for celebrities, galleries and markets. My work is influenced by the ever changing fashion of the 60’s. I have taught felting workshops and retreats in various locations, including Create Mixed Media Retreats in Southern California, private women’s groups on the West Coast, in The Design Studio and at Ashland Art Center. I have also taught felting classes at the local sewing guild conference and love teaching felt making to children and at-risk teens. I have had the opportunity to study under the guidance of Polly Sterling, who along with her partner Sachiko Kotaka invented nuno felt process. I have been playing with natural dyes and botanical printing to create beautiful pieces of fabric and scarves.
I can be found in my working studio at Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main where I create and teach my favorite felting and printing techniques. My creative focus is on combining natural elements with my felt and fabric to create unique textiles.
“I am drawn to and intrigued by the visual beauty and texture of Nuno Felt, and Natural Dyeing and Printing on fabric.”
Jo Ann Manzone