Virginia (right) with her sister Jessica in California

About

Virginia is a designer, illustrator and artist.  Born in Toronto, she moved to New York after school to study at Parsons School of Design, and later worked as a design assistant at Helmut Lang. While working she took a Saturday screen-printing class, which changed the direction of her career.

Textiles combined her love of drawing with her love of clothes, and she created a business idea with textiles at the core .  She returned to Toronto and started working on an eponymous collection of caftans, dresses and shawls, bearing her signature bright prints.  She sold her first collection in 2002 to a shop in the Lower East Side, and then grew the business over the next thirteen years to include over 100 retailers around the world, including Barneys, Net-a-Porter and Holt Renfrew.  

Virginia also illustrates for various designers, hotels, magazines and book publishers.  Her clients include Kate Spade, Vogue, Simon & Schuster, New York Magazine and John Derian.  In 2013 she illustrated Deborah Needleman's The Perfectly Imperfect Home.

She closed her manufacturing business in 2015 to focus on her art and collaborative partnerships.  She is working on an illustrated travel book and an initiative to help Syrian refugees. Her clothing is part of the permanent collections of the Textile Department at the Royal Ontario Museum.  Virginia lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.

To purchase framed prints please visit Stampa.us.com.

Virginia is represented by Art Department in New York.  For illustration inquiries please contact ellie@art-dept.com.

contact: hello@virginiajohnson.com