Julie has taught Textile Design in higher education since 2006 at both undergraduate and post graduate level. She trained at Middlesex University, graduating with a First Class BA Honours in Constructed Textiles. Julie is a skilled hand weaver with an extensive knowledge of woven textile structure. Her many interests include emerging textile trends, cross-disciplinary work and developments in yarns and fibres. Julie’s research explores the potential for spatial design embracing traditional weave methodologies, yarn characteristics and finishing processes.
She combines her love of teaching with work as a Researcher and Textile Designer.
Julie’s industry experience is varied and extensive, as a Textile Designer, she has sold work at international Textile trade shows such as Premier Vision and Pitti Filati. She has worked on commission projects for clients including The Acardia Group, Hinchliffe yarns, Wallace and Sewell and Salt.
As a Designer maker Julie has exhibited nationally, selling work through commercial outlets and art fairs including the British Craft room at Liberty. Julie was a founding member of an artist collective who ran a serious of pop up events and group exhibitions in the Menier Gallery London. In 2000 she was awarded The Herefordshire Contemporary Craft Bursary.
Academic research roles include the investigation of laser enhanced biotechnology for Textile Design, self-assembling garments from loom to hanger and the use of social media as a learning environment.