Biography

Julie has been experimenting in the fibre medium for over ten years. Originally a quilter taught by her mother, Julie took a course many years ago at Olds College, in Olds Alberta from fibre artist Judith Baker Montano, creating her first "crazy-quilted landscape". Inspired to continue working with fabrics, Julie completed a degree in Human Ecology, major in Clothing and Textiles and minor in Management. She worked in many different areas, from fabric buyer for a large furniture manufacturer to merchandising for an international apparel manufacturer, however none of these positions allowed her to use her artistic skills to the extent she wanted. In the Spring of 2000, Julie experimented with selling her hand-painted fabrics at local quilt shows, and used a few of her fabric landscapes as part of her booth display to show other quilters how they could use her fabrics. With continuous requests to purchase the display landscapes, Julie began creating pieces for sale at the shows, and soon the demand for her unique fabric landscapes was enough to launch a full-time business as a fibre artist.

Growing up on a grain/cattle farm in rural Manitoba, Julie's love for the prairie landscape is evident in her artwork. Inspiration for Julie's work ranges from prairie fields, to mountain canyons to cottage lake scenes. She also enjoys creating the more whimsical scenes of underwater seascapes. From a distance, the fabric landscapes can easily be mistaken for paintings, but a closer inspection reveals the intricate detail of the textile medium. The viewer is drawn into each picture with hand-painted skies and fabrics with colour and textures that captivate their attention. 

Julie currently resides in Winnipeg where she creates fabric landscapes and hand-painted fabrics from her home studio.