Gloria Justen (b. 1966) is a multi-dimensional artist who creates music, visual art and wearable art. Gloria’s formal training and professional experience have been mostly in the field of music, but she has also been creating visual and wearable art since she was a child. She drew and painted incessantly as a kid, and she learned how to sew clothing from her mother, as well as by following the directions on Vogue Patterns. She later took a course in flat pattern making at the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science. As a teenager, she learned the skills of using the camera and the darkroom from her father, a highly-accomplished amateur photographer. She has also learned many things on her own by reading and experimenting, including the use of digital tools such as Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro.
For several decades Gloria has played and practiced with many artistic mediums, including photography, digital art, fabric painting, fabric dyeing, fabric printing, shibori resist techniques, clothing design, felting, and papermaking. Between her engagements as a professional violinist and composer, she has created various collections of visual artwork, most of which has never been seen publicly, although she has sold many of her wearable art scarves. At this time in her life, she is ready to share her visual and tactile artwork with the world in new ways.
Just as in her music, Gloria is interested in the gestural movement of lines and the counterpoint of pattern layered over pattern. She is inspired by infinite wonders of nature and the emotions that light and shadow evoke.