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Meet : Virginia Johnson

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I have been a fan of Virginia Johnson's work for many years - her painterly style always feels bright and airy; carefree yet elegant.  I recently visited the flagship store and found out she is also from Canada, which made me beam just a little bit.

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WHO:  Virginia Johnson

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WHAT:  Illustrator and Textile Designer

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WHERE:  Toronto, ON

WHEN:  est. 2001

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WHY:  Virginia writes, "I love to paint and use colour and very simply to make different shapes and marks on paper.  I'm very inspired by books and art.  I majored in Art History and have a fondness for Matisse, Gauguin, and Sorolla for their strong compositions and vivid colour palettes.  

I also find inspiration in nature and travel.  I was in California this past January and drew many different types of trees and landscapes.  I always find a way to turn the drawings into fabric designs."

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HOW:  After attending Parsons School of Design and working under Helmut Lang in New York, Virginia moved back to Toronto to start her own collection.

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Virginia's illustrations can also be seen in several books and collaborations - her latest being these J.Crew totes that are perfect for carrying beach essentials this summer.

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