Juliet D Collins (Australia)
Title: Globetrotter 2021
Medium: Embroidered thread and fabric on linen.
Size: 21 x 29cm
This little embroidered artwork is developed directly from my life drawing and made using freehand machine embroidery with pre-loved fabrics. In my thread drawings I explore the experience of being a woman and themes relating to women: such as empowerment, equality, strength, sensuality, self love, vulnerability and our connections with others. I aim to convey a sense of a woman’s inner landscape and her connection to her environment. This piece is part of a series that explores my personal response to COVID -19 and my experience of the pandemic and the limitations it has brought.
Juliet D Collins works with textiles and mixed media. She creates beautiful embroidered thread drawings that celebrate and explore themes relating to women, natural forms and her love for Melbourne’s vibrant spaces.
Juliet was born in Scotland and studied Fine Art .obtaining a nMA (Hons) in Sculpture from Edinburgh University. She has continued to create and study sculpture, drawing, mixed media & craft. She has been exhibiting her art in Melbourne since 2007.
Juliet’s work is strongly grounded in her drawing skills. She strives to portray the immediacy and spontaneity of the drawn line in all her work whatever the medium.
Juliet is inspired by natural forms, particularly anatomical structures and the female form. She is fascinated with the metaphor that this provides for discovering and exploring the multiple layers that make up the external and internal worlds of our lived experience.
For many years now Juliet has been exploring the unique expressive potential of thread as an artistic medium. Her journey with thread began when she started to meet regularly with a group of like minded creative women. She learnt about freehand machine embroidery and was inspired to translate her life drawings of the female nude into textile art pieces. Through these textile artworks she aims to explore the female form and psyche, depicting a woman’s sense of herself and her connection to her world. Her work is expressive, at times deeply personal and as she has explored the medium, themes have emerged, connecting her own personal experience with wider social and political issues.
Juliet’s Thread Sketch Collection is a series of small affordable thread drawn designs that celebrate the experience of being a woman.
Her Melbourne City Sketch Collection expresses her love for cities. Particularly this vibrant unique city that she has come to call home. Each scene is sketched on site. Then transformed into thread sketches using thread drawing, fabric, paper collage and mixed media. She aims to convey the atmosphere of the moment and her love of Melbourne’s spaces, character and architecture.