Julie has been sewing since she was a teenager and has made most things that can be made with fabric and thread. Over the years she has made clothes for herself, her family and friends, soft furnishings, curtains, quilts, dance and fancy-dress costumes for her daughters, and also on occasion their ponies!
Over the last few years Julie has developed an interest in recycling and upcycling pre-loved fabrics and garments, driven largely by an aversion to fast fashion and its environmental impact. Although Julie loves the character of old fabrics and the stories some pre-loved garments might have to tell, she’s not adverse to buying gorgeous new fabrics now and again!
Julie has a Diploma in Business Administration, which means she’s a great organiser and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Over the years she has taught workshops for the Australian Sewing Guild and frequently attends the Guild conventions in the Eastern States to keep up to date with the latest trends.
She has had several prize-winning entries with her upcycled pieces in the “Castaway to Couture” contest run by the Australian Sewing Guild over the last few years.
We are delighted to have Julie join us at The Sound Temple to share her vast knowledge of sewing, sewing machines and how to recycle, upcycle and create your own unique works of art. These workshops follow on from our Common Threads – Woven through Community Projects and support our commitment to community engagement around the topic of sustainable fashion.