Historically inspired textiles rooted in local landscapes.

Natural Dyes in Northeast America

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My Work


I work with plant dyes that all have long histories of use: Woad, Weld, Madder, Sumac, and Walnut Husks. As much as possible I grow or responsibly forage these precious plants.


My weaving practice focuses on contemporary interpretations of historical weaving techniques, with the occasional foray closer to archeological finds.


Hand embroidery was one of the first skills I learned, and I have recently come back to it. I am currently exploring historical hand embroidery techniques through tree imagery.

About the Artist

J Paltanen is a fibre artist who primarily works in plant based dyeing, floor loom weaving, and various hand embroidery techniques. Their passion for fibre art grew out of a life long fascination with history.

In 2019 J Paltanen graduated from OCAD University with a Bachelor of Design with a specialization in Fibre. Since then they have shown as part of Hard Twist 14 at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, and at the Royal Winter Fair as part of The Campaign for Wool “New Voices in Wool”.

When they are not researching or creating textiles, I spend time outside gardening, or with my family.


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