2017 Signature Artist - Andrew Johnson

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Andrew Johnson creates his pieces using a skill called Embroidery Digitizing. Once he sketches and colors an image, he then imports it into an Art and Stitch program. Using this program as a tool, he builds the design stitch by stitch, essentially directing the path of the sewing machine needle. With this technique, he can create texture with density, layers, and stitch direction. He thinks of the process as painting with stitches. On average, he places 20,000 stitches per design. This process can take up to ten hours for a design. Once complete, he then transfers the design to his sewing machine which sews it according to how he placed the stitches. Each image is sewn in limited edition.

The backgrounds are hand painted in acrylic on fabric.

Andrew makes all his own frames. Most of them are made from bits of reclaimed wood. The distressed texture and color of the wood is exactly how he finds it. He sands, stains and then seals the frames with tung oil.

Andrew got involved with embroidery many years ago when he took his first professional job as a production artist at a small company that provided embroidery design on garments. Later, he worked at a larger apparel company as a Technical Embroidery Designer. At one of the company art shows, he combined one of his whimsical sketches with his embroidery process. He won an award and was gobsmacked to say the least! Shortly after, he started selling his work in gift galleries and Art Fairs. He left his corporate job in early 2008 to pursue his art full-time and hasn't looked back since.

He has loads of fun making his pieces. He gets inspiration from many things, places, animals, and people. He gets lots of inspiration from his three kitties. Ideas come to him at strange times. Sometimes a title comes before a sketch. Other times it may take him ages to title something. He sketches all of the time. Andrew always brings his sketchbook with him when he travels.

Andrew thanks his lucky stars every day that he can make a living selling his work. And that people are kind enough to buy it!

2017 Exhibiting Artists

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Chris Abigt
Ottumwa, IA
Booth 41
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Harold Adams
Concordia, KS
Booth 94
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Jake Asuit
Cleveland, GA
Booth 60
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Randy Birocci
Hinton, IA
Booth 20
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Darrel Bowman
Bangor, WI
Booth 47
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Joel & Karma Brokaw
Kalona, IA
Booth 42
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Sarah Butler
St. Joseph, MO
Booth 16
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Cynthia Bye
Neenah, WI
Booth 65
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Melissa Carroll
Pierpont, SD
Booth 33
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Cyndy Clarke
Helena, MT
Booth 106
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Sean Coffman
Fargo, ND
Booth 21
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Frank Costanzo
Ralston, NE
Booth 51
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Daniel Cunningham
Sioux City, IA
Booth 24
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Joseph Cyberski
Dexter, MI
Booth 81
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Bob Decker
Wapello, IA
Booth 68
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Denise Dendinger
Norfolk, NE
Booth 25
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Shannon Dvorak
Atkinson, NE
Booth 99
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Mike Eilers
Brookings, SD
Booth 89
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Pat Falk
Owatonna, MN
Booth 1
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Vickie Flores
Marquette, KS
Booth 22
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Jimmie Floyd
Gilbert, AR
Booth 35
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George Garrett
Omaha, NE
Booth 52
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Victoria Gauerke
Topeka, KS
Booth 79
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Richard Gruchalla & Carrin Rossetti
Duluth, MN
Booth 19
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Gary Grufman
White Bear Lake, MN
Booth 102
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RoseAnn Gussy
Roselle, IL
Booth 2
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Robert Hale
North Branch, MN
Booth 40
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Barbara Hamberg
Albert Lea, MN
Booth 84
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Chaeli Hanna-Kohn
Sioux City, IA
Booth 96
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2016 Best 3-D
Betsey Harries
Ashland, WI
Booth 3
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Robin Hesselgesser
Elkhorn, NE
Booth 55
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Darcy Horn
Red Oak, IA
Booth 37
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Jacque Hudson
Des Moines, IA
Booth 101
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Michael Huyck
Minneapolis, MN
Booth 105
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Rose Inman
Sioux City, IA
Booth 15
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Kendra Jennings
Junction City, KS
Booth 108
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Laura Jewell
Sioux Falls, SD
Booth 66
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Andrew Johnson
Kansas City, MO
Booth 83
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Bill Keitel
Worthington, MN
Booth 36
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Ernest Koch
Fort Dodge, IA
Booth 80
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Daron Krueger
Sioux Falls, SD
Booth 17
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2016 Award of Excellence
Earlene Larson
Mission Hill, SD
Booth 43
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2016 Best in Show
Ken & Pat Larson
Sturgeon Lake, MN
Booth 6
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2016 Award of Excellence
Tom Lazar
Brookfield, WI
Booth 50
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Benjamin Leatham
Northfield, MN
Booth 54
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Kiara Linda
Safety Harbor, FL
Booth 71
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Craig Lossing
Lino Lakes, MN
Booth 85
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Gregory Macdonald
Council Bluffs, IA
Booth 30
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Mona Majorowicz
Rolfe, IA
Booth 4
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Gayle Martens
Spicer, MN
Booth 69
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Debbie Martin
Lincoln, NE
Booth 26
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Roger Mathews
Wichita, KS
Booth 87-88
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Roger Matthews
Wichita, KS
Booth 64
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Layl McDill
Minneapolis, MN
Booth 110
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Laurie Mellenbruch
Kansas City, MO
Booth 18
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Allison & Jonathan Metzger
Duluth, MN
Booth 45
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Greg Meyerdirk
Harris, IA
Booth 97-98
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Judith Miller
Clear Lake, IA
Booth 29
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Sean Miller
Washington, IA
Booth 5
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Ken Nelsen
Maryville, MO
Booth 39
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Jean Newlin
Marysville, KS
Booth 109
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Reagan Nissen-Eubank
Red Oak, IA
Booth 27
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Jon Offutt
Fargo, ND
Booth 95
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Kris Penney
Papillion, NE
Booth 93
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Sue Peoples
Owatonna, MN
Booth 107
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2016 Award of Excellence
Karen Pritchett
Columbia, MO
Booth 13
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Dave Reckhouse
Boscobel, WI
Booth 57
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Tom O. Reed
Sandborn, IN
Booth 62
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Susanne Rodriguez
Sioux City, IA
Booth 9
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Linda Roesch
Roscoe, SD
Booth 34
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Wayne & Karen Ruff
Bennington, NE
Booth 46
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Ruben Ruiz
Huxley, IA
Booth 38
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Ann Rutar
Plattsmouth, NE
Booth 53
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Rose Rutherford
Omaha, NE
Booth 46
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Stephen Schroeder
Waconia, MN
Booth 10
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Stephen Schwiesow
Council Bluffs, IA
Booth 92
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Todd Shelby
Columbia, MO
Booth 14
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Thomas Siciliano
Eden Prairie, MN
Booth 82
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Pamela Siehr
Madison, WI
Booth 100
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Cindy Skeie
Windsor Heights, IA
Booth 12
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Jamie Smisek
Minnetonka, MN
Booth 76
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David Sonnek
Mapleton, MN
Booth 77-78
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Greg Souther
Cross Lake, MN
Booth 56
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Albert Tanko
North Branch, MN
Booth 31
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John Tapager
Austin, MN
Booth 74
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Lorna Tipton
Independence, MO
Booth 7
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Jacob Van Wyk
Ireton, IA
Booth 63
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Chris Vance
Bondurant, IA
Booth 70
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Annette VanMeter
Sioux City, IA
Booth 61
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Jim Vermeer
Humboldt, IA
Booth 59
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Jodi Vittitoe
Sioux Falls, SD
Booth 44
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Leroy Von Glan
Norfolk, NE
Booth 72
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Bob Walter
Morrison, OK
Booth 49
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Marcia Whitt
Bethany, MO
Booth 28
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Lloyd Wiese
Rollingstone, MN
Booth 103-104
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Kathy Winterburn
ONeill, NE
Booth 75
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AB Word
Kirby, WY
Booth 11
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Richard Wright
Des Moines, IA
Booth 23