Designing with textiles has been a passion for the whole of my life.  I think in terms of fiber. My current work is an exploration of collaged surfaces, using layers of fabrics and drawing on those fabrics with free-motion machine stitching. I use hand dyed cotton and linen fabrics and threads, with a basic sewing machine, creating a textural surface. The images are abstract and are intended to create a sense of motion, with a kind of energy in their lines and color.

I also paint with watercolors and gouache directly onto linen fabric, working the stitching on top of the painted surface. The stitching is very dense and textural with an organic feeling. The surface comes alive with the blending of color and the directions of the stitches.

            My work is a cross-over between painting and fiber, between fine art and fine craft. As I hone my technique, I also experiment with the elastic boundaries of these two mediums. I feel as though I am blurring the lines between these passions, and by doing so, creating a new category.





8 replies on “About

  • Deborah Jordan

    Just discovered your work and I’m thrilled. Re: collage on stretcher bars — does that mean it is suitable of immediate hanging? Also, would hanging in an area with intense sunlight be not advised? Love to look at wish at your many items. Beautiful.

  • Julie

    Hi Deborah! Happy you are thrilled! My collage pieces are suitable for immediate hanging. They can hang directly on the wood, or one can attach a picture hanger piece of hardware to the wood bar. Much of the surface is oil paint, as well as color-fast fabrics, so hanging them in a sunlit area should not be a problem. They are, being textiles, very light. They have a lot of depth and dimension that does not come through on a photograph. Thanks so much.

  • Karen simonoff

    I bought two pieces of your jewelry in the beaded blues combination-the braided necklace and the sea urchin necklace. I have a great love of jewelry especially when it is hand made. Keep these magnificent pieces coming! They are so uplifting during these difficult times.


  • Julie

    Hi Karen, Thank you so much for your lovely note! I will be shipping new pieces to you this week. It’s a pleasure to work with you- stay healthy! With warmth, Julie

  • abby ives

    I discovered your work on Pinterest and have been captivated ever since. It is distinctive; fresh, new, contemporary, original, unique, and iconoclastic. Your use of color is absolutely brilliant. You have raised beading to a new level, for which we should all be thanking you. And I do. Your work is inspiring.

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