My name is Julia Phillips and I began my textiles journey in 2007, when I completed an Art and Design course with the Open College of Arts, covering painting, drawing, sculpture, graphics and painting. My mentor and tutor in London was Jane de Sausmarez, a well-respected textiles professional and it was she who suggested that I might enjoy a textiles course.
In 2008 I embarked on a City and Guilds Textile Decoration course locally, at Missenden Abbey. Since then, I have liaised with Jamie Malden of Colouricious in Amersham (Bucks), doing workshops and demonstrations at shows around the country, such as The Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia and Alexandra Palace, the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham and Textiles in Focus in Cottenham.
My passion is inspiring others to create their own unique designs using my knowledge and expertise. I love using bright colours and have developed my own style of dyeing and block-printing. Below are two examples of cushions which have been hand-dyed using Procion dyes, block-printed using Colouricious Indian wood printing blocks then embellished with hand-stitching and seed beads.