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About me

I am a painter, printmaker and designer of textiles. I own a small fabric company called Cloth that I set up almost 25 years ago, because it made sense at the time and still does now.

I work with a small team of people who love what they do, making textiles by hand, the old fashioned way.

I collaborate with others for the joy of making something together that we couldn’t make alone.

In Blackheath, I run imperfect workshops for the creatively curious. I take commissions and I exhibit. My favourite place to be is working in my studio.

I’ve written a book and a manifesto to live by.

I live a simple life. It feels good.

 

ClothFabric

It wasn’t long after I came to Australia that I started a business designing and hand-printing fabric. I wanted to make contemporary and natural fabric for people's homes, and I wanted to make it locally and sustainably. For me, continuing the tradition of hand-printed flatbed fabric production is more important than ever, in this increasingly digital world.

I started Cloth almost 25 years ago. Today my designs continue to be inspired by the Australian landscape and printed in small batches by hand in a tin shed in regional NSW.

We are in the process of renovating the ClothFabric site, to showcase my process and philosophy, over 25 years of designs and inspiration. 

Our distributor, Ascraft Fabrics, offers a full trade service. You can see our full range in their Sydney and Melbourne showrooms.  

If you want to buy fabric by the metre, end rolls or short pieces or request a swatch, head to the brand new ClothFabricShop website. 

ArtWork

The work I make is inspired by the materials I use and the environment I'm in. The land, the sea, the plants and animals around me. 

My art practice is where my textile designs begin, but the art I make is also very much its own thing. 

Every art work I make begins with being curious, really looking, and then drawing loosely and a bit intuitively.

The aim is always to enjoy the experience of flow, and keep the work simple, and full of the pleasures of layering, colours and shapes. 

When it's hard to paint the clouds, we draw the mountains.

- The Imperfect Manifesto -

Help to save the Regent Honeyeater

The Regent Honeyeater is the most endangered bird in NSW   - its habitat is under threat from reckless development proposals.

I've made a portrait of this lovely bright yellow and black bird, that you can purchase as a giclee digital print on archival paper.

For every copy sold I'll be splitting the profits between the GIVEADAM project and our own Blue Mtns Peacekeepers to help in their campaigns to preserve the biodiversity and the wild rivers, the habitat and tranquillity of the Blue Mountains.  

The Imperfect Manifesto 

It was a warm spring afternoon when we wrote this. Sitting around in our backyard with a glass of wine, we were talking about what mattered to us, what we felt about life. What began as a bit of picnic philosophy became a set of guiding principles. For me, these are words to live by.

Making things makes me feel good, and making things out of the scraps that most people turf out to landfill makes me feel even better.​

I save all my scraps, organise them into colour groups and curate ScrapCloth bundles of loveliness. These are ready to make into curtains or lampshades or cushions or anything else I can think of. 

ScrapCloth

It's good to slow down. ScrapCloth encourages you to do just that. To take some time to make something with your own hands. ScrapCloth bundles can be used along with other fabrics - like old pairs of jeans or existing curtains - to make something with good old-fashioned slow stitching. It's a lovely relaxing thing to do and something of a lost art. 

Making things makes us feel good.

- The Imperfect Manifesto -

Imperfect Workshops

I believe everyone is born creative, but so many people don't realise this. That's why I've been running what I call imperfect workshops now for a wee while. I love doing them. LookDrawPrint and EveryoneCanDraw are hands-on experiences for the creatively curious, where I teach how to embrace chance and imperfection and focus on process.

 

Some are held onsite at my studio in the Blue Mountains just two hours from Sydney and others are held elsewhere. Scroll down to book a spot for workshops currently scheduled. 

Blue Mountains

LookDrawPrint

Workshop November

Saturday November 30

Rough Track Workshop

Blue Mountains, NSW

Sold out

In this small group workshop, you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of native plants through my LookDrawPrint process. You will leave with a single large-scale multi-layered motif printed on fabric, like this lovely piece by Erika made at the recent workshop at Rough Track in June.

There's only seven spots for this class. Be quick if you want one of the last places. Alternatively email me to see when and where I will be doing more. 

Blue Mountains

LookDrawPrint

Workshop December

Saturday December 7

Rough Track Workshop

Blue Mountains, NSW

Sold out

In this small group workshop, you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of native plants through my LookDrawPrint process. You will leave with a single large-scale multi-layered motif printed on fabric, like these beauties by the hard working students of Halls Gap.

There's only seven spots for this class, my absolute last one for this year here in the Mountains. Follow me on instagram and sign up to my mailing list to be one of the first to hear about the 2020 workshops, coming soon. 

EveryoneCanDraw

Workshop

February

at the Happenstore

Sunday February 2

The Happenstore

Annandale, NSW

Everyone can draw, even with their eyes closed. Even standing on one leg. Even with one arm behind their back. You'll see. 

I've designed this experimental drawing workshop to help you get drawing again, tapping into the pure pleasure of responding to what you see. You'll be drawing in a way that's loose and fluid, intuitive and gestural. It will probably get messy and it will definitely feel good. 

There's 12 spots for this class, so if you want to get creative in the inner west, quick sticks. 

LookDrawPrint Workshop

February

at the Happenstore

Sunday February 16

The Happenstore

Annandale, NSW

In this small group workshop, you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of native plants through my LookDrawPrint process. You will leave with a single large-scale multi-layered motif printed on fabric, like this lovely piece made by Christine at my last happenstore workshop.

There's only eight spots for this class, so if you want to get creative in the inner west, quick sticks. Follow me on instagram and sign up to my mailing list to be one of the first to hear about more workshops, coming soon. 

LookDrawPrint Workshop

March at

North Sydney

Sunday March 1

North Sydney Community Centre

North Sydney, NSW

In this small group workshop, you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of native plants through my LookDrawPrint process. You will leave with a single large-scale multi-layered motif printed on fabric, like this beautiful piece made by Fiona at the last North Sydney workshop. 

There's only eight spots for this class,  so get cracking if you want one. Follow me on instagram and sign up to my mailing list to be one of the first to hear about more workshops, coming soon. 

EveryoneCanDraw

Workshop

March in the
Blue Mountains 

Saturday March 21

Rough Track Workshop

Blackheath, NSW

Everyone can draw, even with their eyes closed. Even standing on one leg. Even with one arm behind their back. You'll see. 

I've designed this experimental drawing workshop to help you get drawing again, tapping into the pure pleasure of responding to what you see. You'll be drawing in a way that's loose and fluid, intuitive and gestural. It will probably get messy and it will definitely feel good. 

There's 10 spots for this class and it's bang smack in the middle of my 29 acres of heaven in the Blue Mountains. 

LookDrawPrint

Fabric and Clay

Workshop

March in Newcastle

Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29

Newcastle Art Space

Newcastle, NSW

In this small group workshop, you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of native plants through my LookDrawPrint process. On the Saturday you'll make a single large-scale multi-layered motif printed on fabric, and on the Sunday, working with Kara Wood, you'll transfer your design onto a simple slab-built clay platter. Once it's dried, Kara will fire and glaze your claywork and send it out to you in the post. 

Ten spots only for this class of double happiness. If you are keen, book in quick. 

Blue Mountains

LookDrawPrint Workshop

May

Saturday May 2

Rough Track Workshop

Blue Mountains, NSW

Sold out

In this small group workshop, you'll learn to simplify the complex structure of native plants through my LookDrawPrint process. You will leave with a single large-scale multi-layered motif printed on fabric, like this stunner by Mel at the Rough Track Workshop.

There's only eight spots for this class,  so get cracking if you want one. Follow me on instagram and sign up to my mailing list to be one of the first to hear about more workshops, coming soon. 

Imperfection is our ally.

- The Imperfect Manifesto -

ClothBound

This is my first ever book. 
It’s about my creative process over twenty years of designing and making ClothFabric. It's a labour of love that I worked on with a group of lovely and talented people.

 

ClothBound tracks the development of my work all the way from first images and notes made in my sketch books through to resolved designs and collections. In the book I tell those stories, champion the imperfect and offer up a modest philosophy of sorts. This is heart and soul of Cloth in 240ish pages, and I'm quite proud of it.

 

Products made by Julie and her makers are one of a kind

 

Pop-up shop

Announcing the return of the annual summer pop-up to be held in my studio and gallery space where I live and work in the Blue Mountains. 

 

You'll be able to buy things like artworks, cushions, napkins and tablerunners, aprons, imperfect manifestos, experimental pieces, short runs, ScrapCloth bundles and of course, ClothBound, my book. 

 

As ever, it will be me and Helen running the show. Come up and see us, have a glass of bubbly and a chat. 

Collaborations

I've been privileged to do some lovely residencies and collaborative projects in the last few years.

One of my favourites was with the State Library of New South Wales, which I worked on when I was in my old studio at Twice Lucky. Filmmaker Sabrina Organo made a film at that time about the collaboration. Part One is called Design for Life.

To watch it, click below. 

Gift tokens

So many people want to give the gift of Cloth, but they are not exactly sure what their beloved one would want. That's where the token is a great solution. 

 

The ClothFabric token (of your affection or esteem) can be exchanged towards things like table linen, imperfect manifestos, ScrapCloth bundles , ClothBound, the book. Or you can give someone the experience of a LookDrawPrint workshop in the Blue Mountains.

 

Strictly speaking, it's not really an exchange. The token itself, hand-printed on upcycled linen or hemp off-cuts, can be repurposed to patch the hole in your jeans. 

 

Rough Track

I live in Blackheath in the Blue Mountains on the Rough Track on 29 acres above the Grand Canyon. It's a place that inspires me every day.

I love sharing the experience with students in my onsite and residential workshops, anyone who comes to see a show in Rough Track Gallery, and guests staying in our two ironstone cabins.

If you'd like a retreat on the Rough Track, click on the link below to see the cabins website and make a booking. 

 
When you get right down to it, the essential thing is to do what you do with your whole heart.

- The Imperfect Manifesto -

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JULIE'S STUDIO +

ROUGH TRACK WORKSHOP AND GALLERY

325 EVANS LOOKOUT ROAD

BLACKHEATH NSW 2785

JULIE@JULIEPATERSON.COM.AU

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