Janice Arnold

Business name: JA FELT
Janice Arnold’s art and installations have been redefining the boundaries of handmade FELT since 1999. The daughter of a cartographer, she learned scale as a sixth sense. Arnold’s virtuosity is evident in the multifaceted character of her work which transfigures spaces in ways that are both ethereal and sensuous. She creates permanent and temporary installations, ranging from small intricately executed pieces to large elaborate environments incorporating her handmade bespoke textiles made from natural raw fibers. The textures range from supple and luminous to dense, resilient and complex. Her work honors an ancient nomadic tradition yet stretches it to new places with innovation, exploration, quality, and scale putting her in a league of her own as an artist and designer. Equally comfortable as a solo artist or collaborator, Arnold is driven by quality, design, refinement, and challenge. She cohesively balances function and design with intention, working with raw material and natural elements to create textile art in harmony with purpose. Her work is part of the permanent collections of Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Cirque du Soleil, Wolfgang Puck Corp, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Seattle Center Key Arena, and private collections worldwide.