Komoia Johnson, Ph.D.
Paper, Glass, & Textiles
I was born and raised in the Bay Area. For the past 25 years, I have partnered with young people and their families in various educational communities. Through these partnerships, I began to use art as a vehicle for young people to decompress, work through trauma and stress, address conflict, and build positive relationships with one another. On this journey, I decided to turn my creativity toward jewelry-making.
To grow my skills, I would like to learn more about thin metal work, enamel, and glass. By combining these additional skills with my paper art, I feel like my jewelry could be taken to the next level.
As a participant in this cohort, I plan to learn how to build and sustain my business while teaching young people how to do the same. I am a firm believer that knowledge should be shared openly, freely, and widely so everyone in the community can access the support they need to be seen and heard.