Since its inception in 1973 Textile Study Group owes its place as one of the leading textile art group in the United Kingdom to the prodigious talents of its members. Therefore although a member may decide not to continue as a full member the group has always felt that their contribution over time should still be recognised.
Current research is C16th & C17th English historical embroidered textiles, investigation and passing on my knowledge to students to better understand these fascinating embroideries. Tudor caps and coifs: Wrought with blakke silke: Unravelling Tudor stitches: Curious needleworkes: Stitch by Stitch are some of the courses I teach in USA, Canada, Australia and UK.
I am a freelance artist and lecturer using paint, print, dyed silk and thread to create stitched wall hangings, panels, paintings and scarves. Light and colour are the key factors in my practice which draws its inspiration from landscape, gardens and my travels to eastern and central Europe.
Affiliated group website: www.newembroiderygroup.com
Drawing has always been fundamental to my work both in fabric and thread and in paints and pastels. The skills I learnt in the textile world have been invaluable in my current practice, whether drawing the human form, painting still life or interpreting the landscapes and seascapes surrounding me.
JULIE ERICA SAUNDERS
The collecting and layering of cloth, incorporation of meaningful text and assembling simply stitched pieces has been the consistent approach in my work. The work is underpinned by family history and new works explore ‘Presence in Absence’ where my pieces extend beyond the personal and connect with others via this universal theme.