I once saw a video of a Japanese master stitching and my butterfly mind was captured and captivated. I wanted my embroidery to look as though it was growing on the silk just like his. I had to find a way to learn this organic delicate silken craft.
And so my journey began ~ taking me from the Castles of Japan to the Gardens of China. My Inspirations come from these wondrous places and from my studies through years of history and tradition.
I have enjoyed the tapestry of myths and legends since I was very young.
So combining those with nature and its small worlds within worlds I found a backdrop to the close detail I enjoy most.
My second love ~ mathematics and technology have afforded me the opportunity to give my work a modern twist.
I have travelled widely for my studies in Japan, China and Indonesia (Straits Chinese designs and crafts)
- Suzhou Chinese embroidery
- Kinpaku (Goldleaf)
- Japanese embroidery
- C&G level 2 Creative Computing ~ Distinction
- I work with a variety of computer software to create my works of art having gained various computing qualifications.
I love sharing my passion for silk and the fascination I have always had for things of a textile and tactile nature.
I have thoroughly enjoyed researching the V&A Asian collections and have a lovely selection of antique textiles of my own.
Published work: Traditional Japanese Embroidery ~ Search Press
All images © JuliaDGray 2014 ~ 2018