I remember being introduced to Julia Jones work by a tutor. I was doing my project on washing lines and she had created a beautiful collection of wire clothes which really inspired my project.
I contacted Mrs Jones and she was lovely enough to answer my questions and give me permission to use her photographs, (all photographs are copyright of Julia Jones).
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I live in West Wales with my husband and children. I studied Textiles at Winchester School of Art and The Royal College of Art. While I was a student I won a travel award to Poland and Czechoslovakia where I discovered folk art and my work has been closely attached to this ever since. During the late eighties I ventured into the world of metalwork as I wanted to see what would happen if my line drawings became three dimensional. So I learnt welding and how to use wire.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My main source since the late 1970s has been Eastern European folk costume and embroidery. I lived in Czechoslovakia and travelled Europe after winning a scholarship through my degree, so my work draws from the inspirations that I encountered during that time.
During my scholarship in 1988 I had a drawing of a Morris dancer that I wanted to make into 3D. Through inspiration from others I bought Milliner’s wire and bent it to echo the lines of my drawing. I found the medium instantly liberating after ten years of working with textiles.
I also like the construction of objects. I collect wire bowls and lace that I picked up on my travels through Europe.
How long does your work take you?
It takes about 4-6 weeks per piece, depending on the complexity of the wire work. If any shapes have to be formed and welded it takes me longer. Of course I have to allow for mistakes too! Things don’t always turn out to look the same as they did in the original drawings.
I would just like to thank Mrs Jones again for taking the time to answer my questions and give me access to her photographs. You can see more of her work at her website – www.juliagriffithsjones.co.uk