Julie teaches a range of drawing and textile techniques on our Textiles Design team. Julie actively encourages students to participate in competitions and live briefs with industry in order to encourage students to develop their professionalism and employability skills.
After training as a surface pattern designer Julie worked in a freelance role following graduation. She designed stationery and textile prints for a number of clients including Habitat, Sanderson and Marks and Spencer.
With the support of The Prince's Trust she started a designer/maker business producing stationery and framed textile pieces. Her work sold in Crafts Council galleries throughout the UK and she reached a wider client base by exhibiting at national UK trade shows.
In addition to exhibiting as a textile artist Julie regularly runs workshops and has worked as a lead artist on many large collaborative community projects. She works in partnership with galleries and arts organisations including Arts for Recovery, The Lowry and Manchester Art Gallery. Collaborations include
Crossing the Borders: in partnership with Manchester Art Gallery and the Wai Yin Society. The group created artworks with Julie depicting their stories of migration and expressing notions of hope, loss and joy. Panels using individual artworks made by Wai Yin members were designed by Julie and exhibited at Manchester Art Gallery during 2019
We are Dreamers: in partnership with with Arts for Recovery and Stockport MBC. A community textile response to memorializing the First World War, 100 years.on. Taking inspiration from WW1 silk postcards, participants wrote their dreams for loved ones and embroidered them onto sheer fabric. exhibited at Stockport Art Gallery 2018.
The Story of the A6: Stockport Central Library commissioned Arts for Recovery to produce artwork co-designed and made by Julie and Stockport residents. Four large textile pieces were created for the library entrance to reflect the heritage of Stockport and the library. Designs were digitally printed onto organic cotton and developed with appliqué, hand and machine embroidery.
Unpicked: Restitched: Through the support of Arts Council England and Stockport MBC, Arts for Recovery commissioned Julie to collaborate with writer Sarah Butler to lead a programme of public workshops, conversation and engagement. Together they discovered hidden stories, characters, maps within maps, producing a major exhibition that toured in venues across Stockport