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The Bristol 2 Litre Engine, free machine embroidery, 2014

Julie Heaton Artist

Textile Artist

Bristol, Avon


Drawing with thread, free machine embroidery


With a love for drawing, but inhibited by preconceived ideas, I use my sewing machine to stitch with meticulous attention to detail. Threads are worked obsessively; colours are changed and tensions altered throughout. Dissolvable fabric forms the base, but in the final stage, this is washed away. And it is here that intense effort to control the making can become lost; nothing is guaranteed as the works take its own direction, and it is this that excites and encourages me to make my art.


Showing at 'Designer Crafts 2018 at Chelsea College of Art and Design', July 12th to 21st

08 Jul 2018
This summer I will be exhibiting with the Society of Designer Craftsmen at Chelsea School of Art in July. I have many hours of stitching ahead because I am planning to enter my drawing of 'A Couple on the Tube', as shown in my portfolio.

Planning new exhibition with Seam Collective

01 Jul 2018
I am a member of Seam Collective. We are in the early days of preparing our next exhibition about craft and emotion with the hope to commence new work from July this year.

250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

12 Jun 2018
My free machine embroidered drawing titled 'The Bristol 2 Litre Engine' is on show at the Royal Academy in Grayson Perry's yellow room until 19th August 2018.

Available for commissions


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A Couple on the Tube

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Bronchiectasis Shift Dress

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