About the Artist
Born in Bangor, North Wales in 1954 Julia grew up in Aberaeron, Ceredigion.
Educated at Winchester School of Art and the Royal College of Art, she won a British Council Scholarship to research Slovak culture, which was the beginning of her artistic connection between Wales and Eastern Europe.
Her work has been exhibited in leading galleries in Britain and Europe, and in recent years these exhibitions have included projects with The National Wool Museum, The Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and Stories in the Making, a touring exhibition organised by Ruthin Craft Centre.
Julia works mainly through the medium of steel, and produces imagery in wire which involves the translation of a drawn line on paper into a three dimensional drawing in space. For most of her working life Julia has been involved in the teaching of art, and is currently Senior Lecturer on the Surface Pattern Design Course at University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
‘A Room within a Room’
Julia’s idea is to research and explore new techniques and materials thus developing her experimental work in wire to be able to create a room within a room, a museum, an installation of suspended objects, primarily in metal which preserves by its durable nature the visual motifs found in textiles from Wales and Eastern Europe and which will be the result of over thirty years of drawing and research.
Being Welsh, but inspired by Folk Art from Eastern Europe has meant that her life and artistic process has been entwined across many countries. Julia’s cultural traditions are rooted in small communities. The following quote from Sheila Paine’s book Embroidered Textiles consolidated her thinking about the room within a room:
‘’Linen embroidery was made within the home and it lived its life within its home or one that was similar."
The room within a room will reference this cultural lineage but more importantly play with the emotional heritage imbued in these folk objects and artifacts.
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