At last night's guild meeting, Julia Gray came to speak to us about her Japanese goldwork embroidery.
Julia has been developing her skills in this technique for over 20 years, initially studying on a 10 stage American course, then moving on to learning from a Japanese master who was willing to teach a Western woman. This involved trips to Japan and correspondence via email, despite language and cultural barriers.
Julia's work involves gold leaf applied to stenciled on glue, and lots of very fine couched on gold thread. She also dyes her background fabrics.
Julia brought a wide range of equipment with her, which really helped us to understand her processes. She also brought many samples of her own work and other traditional pieces.
Her talk was lively and entertaining, and she has published a book.