Brought up in Aberaeron, Cardiganshire, Julia studied textiles at Winchester School of Art and the Royal College of Art, where she won a travel bursary enabling her to visit Slovakia and Poland to study folk art and culture. Julia’s work is influenced by the textiles created by women alongside their domestic duties.
Her work seeks to translate textile techniques such as embroidery, stitching and weaving into a wire and metal form, thus changing its original nature and function but retaining its meaning.
In 2017 she was awarded the Gold Medal for Craft and Design at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. Her work has recently been purchased by the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Museum of Wales.
Statement about the work.
Red sack, powder coated steel, printed enamel 2018.
In 2017 I was invited to Gujarat to take part in a residency at Khamir, a centre for the development of rural crafts. Here I came across fabric dowry sacks stitched simply using running stitch, the seams stuffed with tassels. I decided then and there to make a metal version which I have filled with enamelled and screen printed utensils.