Julia has always had a passion for stitching and creating art from cloth, threads and recycled things, and sold her first upcycled designs whilst in her teens. She is self employed and has worked in the arts/creative industries for over twenty five years – teaching, lecturing, writing, designing, making, exhibiting and selling her textile artwork.
Julia exhibits and sells her work widely. She is a member of the The Textile Study Group, Prism textiles, and a Licentiate of Merit with the Society of Designer Craftsmen. Julia runs her own teaching programme, delivering workshops and courses around the country, and she teaches for STITCHBUSINESS - an award winning, leading independent stitch school, based in Durham City, which she co-founded, and co-directs. Julia also works on community art projects in schools and museums; and undertakes private and public commissions and consultancy work.
Her work has been filmed by the BBC, Sky Arts, the Press Association, independent TV and film companies, and following her hour on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, she features in Antony Gormley’s book “One and Other”.
Her first book 'How to be Creative in Textile Art' (co-authored) was published by Batsford Books in September 2011. Her second book 'Contemporary Appliqué' (also co-authored), was published by Batsford Books in August 2014.
Julia is the creator of the Bra-ra Dress and is known for her quirky use of raw materials and embellishment in her textile artwork.
Julia enjoys passing on what she’s learned about textiles, and remains committed to enriching students by inspiring them to express themselves imaginatively through creative, artistic and personal exploration.