Johanna Amos

The Guild for me, has been kind of a window into so many things and that is so valuable...It's been exciting to find a place, I think, in a community that is so accomplished and vibrant and to dive in and feel more a part of it. Yeah, it's been really rewarding.

Johanna Amos joined the Guild in 2018 and served as Secretary to the Board of Directors from 2019-2021. Initially learning to weave at a spinners and weavers group in Smithers, British Columbia, Amos also took weaving courses in Nova Scotia at a studio connected with Mary E. Black (a Master Weaver who popularized handweaving in Nova Scotia in the 1940s and 1950s), before becoming a member of the Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners. She is also an art historian, and her research focuses on the needle arts and the women of the arts and crafts movement of the nineteenth century.

Amos discusses how she became involved in the fibre arts during her childhood and her experience as a member of the Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners.  

Johanna Amos discusses her experience in weaving Guilds in British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia and how making informs her Art History research.