Julie O’Brien

In the beginning there was a spinning wheel … but spinning needs fleece and there are only so many avenues for the natural colours of sheep. So started the journey into designing, dyeing, creating and adventures using colour.

A course at the London College of Furniture and others too numerous to mention have broadened and challenged creative skills. Participation in exhibitions includes:

  • The Mall Galleries London – ‘The Commissioning Dialogue’ of Distinction Licentiates of the Designer Craftsmen Society.
  • Salisbury Arts Festival
  • Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers – Nationals – in York, Chichester,Liverpool and Wells
  • Brighton Museum – Sussex Open
  • Hove Museum
  • Worthing Museum – who purchased a piece for their Contemporary Textiles Collection
  • Lewes Art Wave
  • Green Tree Gallery, Borde Hill, Haywards Heath
  • Uckfield Art Trail
  • Photographs and techniques of work are included in the Encyclopaedia of Machine Embroidery.

Driven by the need to create, use colour and inspired by beachcombing finds – including driftwood to mount work.  Fleece, felt. silk, cotton, beads, hand and machine stitched combine to form unique and magical fantasies.

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Julie is exhibiting at Bridge Cottage

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