Featured Maker: Julia Griffiths Jones

Our Featured Maker from April to July 2018 is Carmarthenshire based Julia Griffiths Jones.

Julia Griffiths Jones’ work is primarily concerned with the translation of textile techniques such as stitching, weaving and embroidery into a wire and metal form.

Through a constant practice of drawing the work evolves away from the textile into metalwork, the original function changes but the meaning and decoration are retained. Inspiration is found especially in textile work created by women alongside their domestic duties, an interest that began through Julia’s MA studies at the Royal College of Art in the mid – late 1970’s.

In 1977 Julia won a scholarship to research and study textiles in Poland and Czechoslovakia where she encountered “folk art” for the first time; “…it was everywhere, woven through all aspects of life…” beginning a lifetime’s fascination with folk art objects and motifs and the particular processes and artistic language she has developed from these encounters.

The pieces on show at Oriel Myrddin Gallery are drawings on paper and enamel which have developed from a visit to The Museum of the Romanian Peasant in Bucharest.  Julia says of the work: “The museum attracted me because the objects were exhibited in groups and not in cabinets. It had been curated by an artist on a very small budget, so one room was full of every type of Romanian chair, some very ornately carved and painted, others marked with a simple heart. Much of the imagery from this visit was translated into wire and became the basis of my recent project “Room within a Room” for which I was awarded the Gold Medal for Craft and Design at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Anglesey in 2017.”

 

You can join Julia Griffiths Jones for a still-life drawing masterclass at Oriel Myrddin Gallery on Saturday 12 May – please call the gallery to book your place – 01267 222775.

 

All work is for sale. By purchasing artwork you are supporting an individual artist.  You are also helping Oriel Myrddin become more financially sustainable.

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