WED. NOV. 10, 2021 / SAT. DEC. 25, 2021 UPPER LEVEL:  Christmas Tree Extravaganza     

WED, NOV.17/SAT. JAN 1, 2022 LOWER LEVEL:  Chie Hitchner, Textiles

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Chie Hitchner

Handwoven Textiles

Artist Statement

This exhibition at the Johnson Art Center consists of handcrafted art textiles of my original design.  In other words, starting with raw, undyed fiber, I created each piece by dyeing the fiber and then weaving it, line by line, into cloth on floor looms that were powered by hand.   Each of these works is made of high-quality filament silk from Japan, and I dye the silk in small batches in my studio using natural dyes.  The dyes are all derived from materials that occur in nature including plants, minerals and even insects.  Many of the colors you will see in this exhibition were dyed with plants foraged near my home/studio in Montgomery. 

My art seeks to explore the expression of my aesthetic vision through textiles that are created using only basic tools plus of course my years of experience at the loom.  The tools I use? --  Natural fiber, a four-harness floor loom, pencil, paper, electric light, heat. Nothing more. My goal is to create aesthetically exquisite fabrics crafted with these basic weaving tools.

I am both inspired and intrigued by the pace and impact of digital technologies on our lives.  I know that my art is inspired by the digital world that I live in, but I try to keep the technologies themselves at arm’s length where it concerns the processes used to create my works.  I remain tied and indeed committed to pre-digital techniques for the crafting of an aesthetic vision on a textile format. 

That said, the textile floor loom such as I use in my work is a kind of technological precursor to today’s digital technologies.  In the process of weaving, the warp – the long vertical fibers – and the weft – the horizontally placed fibers – form a pixel-like grid in the cloth, and the design emerges by the artisan’s selection of warp fibers to place above, and those to be placed below, the next weft fiber to be inserted in the weave. 

In addition to the mechanics of the loom, the range of design possibility is extended by using fibers that have been strategically dyed more than one color prior to placement on the loom. This is known as ikat or kasuri (in Japanese).  At other times weft fibers are inserted manually in select locations.  You will see such techniques in use with the works in this exhibition.

Visit the Johnson Center for the Arts Galleries M-F 10-5 to see Chie's amazing work.

Christmas Tree Extravaganza

Decorations by K-12 Students


Each tree is designed with creations from Pike County's K-12 Students. The themes are imaginative and the decorations delightful.


Banks School - Elf

Boys & Girls Club - Together We Are a Masterpiece

Goshen Elementary - The Polar Express

Higher Aim Homeschool - State of Alabama

Pike County Elementary - Bulldog Pride

Pike County HS - Christmas is Sweet

Pike Liberal Arts School- Nature Sings

Troy City Schools - Christmas Around the World

Come see the trees and vote for your favorite. Votes are $1 each and may be made in person or online at Just use the purchase option and note the tree you are voting for in the notes section. The tree with the most votes will be named the People's Choice Winner and receive a $100 award.  

Business Hours M-F 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Organizational Support for Graphic Artist, Reba Allen, provided by Alabama State Council on the Arts

Organizational Support for Graphic Artist, Reba Allen, provided by Alabama State Council on the Arts