Basketmaker and Teacher Basketry made with willow, rush and other natural materials. Willow workshops, commissions, and repairs.
Gemma Textiles create simple, sculptural garments individually hand made using reclaimed and naturally dyed textiles.
Hastings Arts Forum
Hastings Arts Forum aims to promote the work of artist members and support the visual arts for the benefit of the local community. The Forum provides a professional gallery space to support these aims.
Julie uses traditional and contemporary techniques to make functional and sculptural forms. Willow is her main materials but other found materials like rushes, grasses, seaweed or wire and rope are often used too. She teaches regular classes. See website for details
After many years of making sumptuously crafted felt textiles to wear, my large-scale works draw on the aesthetic and symbolic potential of the laborious process of felting. The hand-felted re-interpretations of photographic images often explore the politics of the representation and tensions and contradictions of a Black British or Black European identity.