Brief history of Juliet and her creative journey

I am a designer maker of constructed wearable textiles, often with embroidered embellishments.  At the present time I am only able to do this part time so sometimes it is frustrating not to be able to do as much as I would wish as life and other stuff keeps getting in the way.  But hopefully by keeping this website and blog I can record and share my creative output.

Most of the females in my family are creative, in embroidery, knitting, sewing and crochet so my childhood was filled with craft 'projects' most especially clothes for my 'Sindy' doll who had a wardrobe to rival Carrie Bradshaw! It seemed logical therefore to take Textiles and Design at school which resulted in a high grade 'A'-level result; however without a similar level qualification in Art this did not open the doors I'd imagined.

After a year out working for Marks and Spencers Head Office I headed off to Manchester Metropolitan University to complete a Clothing Management and Technology degree. It gave me a strong basis for the more technical side of fashion but was not as creative and fulfilling as I now realise I needed.

Whilst working for a family-run clothing manufacturer my creative side emerged in my hobbies. Joining my local Embroiderer's Guild was a catalyst to further courses in art and design and eventually a 'City and Guilds' correspondence course in Embroidery. These courses, however, did not satisfy me and only opened my eyes to further possibilities down the same path. An uncertain future for the business seemed an ideal opportunity to make a change.

This huge leap of faith started with my enrolling on a full-time HND Textile with Fashion course at Thurrock and Basildon College. In the two year course I explored many different genres and in the final year I specialised in the creation of textiles, focusing on machine knitted creations, often with crocheted and embroidered embellishments. 

My graduation show-case was held at the Truman Brewery, July 2008, which can be viewed on http://www.free-range.org.uk/. I also have a diffusion craft based collection which can be viewed at www.etsy.com.

Now graduated I am filling my days creating unusual and innovative accessories  and garments which can be seen on the gallery pages and are available to buy.  Please contact me for more details.  My work can also be seen at various exhibitions this year - please see the "Where to see my work" page for further details.