Julie james-turner


The Botanist’s Sleepwalk 

‘The Botanist’s Sleepwalk’ aims to capture an emotive response to the darker side of nature. By using Victorian styled night garments, a connection is made to fairy tale forests and to the gothic notions of death and dreaming, evoking a figure like presence, a trace of the human body, a shed skin.

Knickers Series 

The inspiration for the ‘Knickers Series’ is to emphasise and celebrate the diverseness of female identity.

My intentions were to create an article of clothing that comments on women’s gynaecological anatomical structure celebrating the "inside on the outside". Using a 1940’s style pair of knickers as the main vehicle of expression and by using familiar textile techniques like knitting and embroidery a playful twist is imbued to the subject matter.

Exhibited "Structure" Neo:Gallery 27, Bolton

Red Rambling Roses felted skirt & Dark Rambling Roses felted skirt

A series of skirts created from developing felting techniques.

Shown at the Knit & Stitch Show in Harrogate. Commissions taken.

onion skin gloves

The origin of the name "onion" comes from the classical period when it was given the Latin name unio that means oneness or unity. Onion skin hand dyed silks and net with hand and machine embroidery.

A Case History

This interactive piece was specifically created for my residency at the Chapel Gallery, to reflect Ormskirk’s involvement in sheltering 1940s evacuees. Many children and their mothers from Liverpool and Manchester were billeted with Ormskirk folk as they sought safety away from the cities. The organza suitcase lets fly its contents, scattering items across the space. The public were invited to print and embroider onto the fabric clothes then add them to the installation.

Red Roses Housecoat

Symbolizes the complexity of womanhood. The glamour and femininity of the iconic housecoat is embellished with the symbolism of roses. Starting in bud and slowly unfurling into full bloom, the roses then drop their petals, that float down and collect in a pool of red fabric on the floor. Thus echoing the cyclical nature of a woman’s reproductive life and the passing of time.

Hand dyed taffeta and digital machine embroidery.

Wedding Dress - A Simple Overall

Inspired by the symbolism of ribbons as bonds of love tying women to children and lovers. Satin, silk and organza fabrics with hand and digital embroidery.

Earlier Work