Talks & Workshops

Talks & Workshops

I regularly talk about my work and hold ‘stitch-ins’. Contact me to talk about booking a workshop or talk. I am now available from October 2020. “I came to your drop-in afternoon textile workshop at the Herbert Art Gallery and it was brilliant! I have never really sewed in a creative way before and yet I found it so easy to join in and get going.  It was really relaxing and enjoyable. Quite addictive. Time just flew. I have now continued by buying my own thread and getting scraps of material from a friend and made some cards which people seem to really like. Hope you will do more activities like this in the future so others can enjoy the same benefits I have. Thank you very much. ”  New slow stitcher  Hear my talk on The Visible Maker on Saturday 17 October 2020 via The Textile Society of America...
Processions – Artichoke & 1418 NOW

Processions – Artichoke & 1418 NOW

Processions – Banner In 2018, I had the pleasure of working with Imagineer Productions , Coventry and Artichoke, to create a banner for Processions which was a mass participation artwork to celebrate 100 years of some women being able to vote. The banner was made in Coventry with two groups of women from Willenhall and Wood End. We held a vote to democratically decide the words on the banner. Procession walks were held in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London on June 10 2018.  I was assisted on the project by artist and maker Julie...
Gloucestershire Archives – Heritage Hub

Gloucestershire Archives – Heritage Hub

I was artist in residence at the Gloucester Heritage Hub – a new Heritage Lottery funded building to house archives and the family history centre in Gloucester.  I worked with various organisations including Gloucestershire Family History Society, Gloucester Police, aerospace engineers Dowty and the archives office itself. I created five linen wall pieces reflecting stories, memories and moments from the different archives.  The work was digitally printed onto linen and then hand appliquè pieces were stitched on top. Here’s more about my work posted on the Archive...
The Visible Maker

The Visible Maker

The Visible Maker The Visible Maker is a new live craft performance that resulted from my early R & D on Memphis Sphinx. I premiered the work in March 2015 and it was supported by Arts Council England. The performance work is a culmination of the exploration of interactive technology and how this sits within my arts practice which is based predominantly around textile processes, personal story, found sound and everyday observations. The Visible Maker is currently being developed as a touring show for Spring 2019. Please contact me for tour details. The Visible Maker by Julia | Mar 16, 2015 | The Visible MakerHere’s a Pecha Kucha talk I gave in Coventry about The Visible Maker – a live craft performance. I premiered in the work live in 2015. The performance work is a culmination of an exploration of analogue and digital technology and how these interactions sit within my practice. I will be delivering a Warp Speed about The Visible Maker at the Textile Society of America’s Symposium in October... Memphis Sphinx Treadle by Julia | Oct 8, 2014 | art, crafts, digital, embroidery, sewing, stories about clothes, Stories from childhood, textiles, The Visible Maker, vintage, visual artDelighted to announce that I have been successful with my applications for funding for the development of my Memphis Sphinx Treadle Sewing Machine project that I began to explore earlier in the year. Huge thanks to Arts Council England and Coventry City Council for their support and to the individual officers who listened and encouraged me to apply. The project’s timeline is from late October through to March 2015 and I am...
Godiva Awakes

Godiva Awakes

Godiva Awakes   Godiva Awakes 2012     Project Process and Blog   Godiva Awoke! by Julia | Sep 9, 2012 | art, Artists Taking The Lead, collage, collector, crafts, Cultural Olympiad, embroidery, fabric, Godiva, handcrafts, handmade, London 2012, lost and found, photography, sewing, stories about clothes, Stories from childhood, textiles, vintage, visual artIts been a hectic few weeks but the Godiva Awakes carnival and celebrations at the end of July in Coventry were amazing. We trundled the huge tailors dummy with the Coat down the streets into Coventry’s Broadgate and offered the coat to Godiva – it was a nervewracking experience but the crowds were fantastic and appreciated the coat and the work of all the tailors. We were part of the carnival procession around the city that afternoon and it was wonderful to sit back and enjoy the moment after all the hard work over the years. The following days Godiva battled through heavy winds and rain and gradually made her way down to London powered by a 100 cyclists finally ending up at Waltham Town Hall. It was a surreal experience seeing this huge puppet and her entourage coming through the gates of the town hall! During the first week of September the coat has been in exhibition at Westminster Hall as part of Arts in Parliament for London 2012. We sat and stitched tailors tacks on the first day and it was amazing to have visitors from all over the world add their stitch and talk about their sewing or non-sewing skills. As in Coventry, people were genuinely moved that they could participate and add...