Julie French graduated from East London University in 1999 with a degree in Printed Textiles and Surface Decoration. She is now based in Brighton where she teaches Textile Art alongside her own practice. Julie has exhibited her work at galleries in London, Sussex and Italy, including being selected for the The Broderers’ Exhibition: The Art of Embroidery at the Bankside Gallery , London and The Surface and Depth Exhibition at Palazzo Velli Expo Gallery Rome, as part of Rome Art Week. Her work is created by using the sewing machine as a drawing tool and mostly features animals, wild and domestic, often inspired by her childhood memories. Originally working with black thread on reclaimed furnishing fabrics Julie’s work has gradually transformed along the way to explore animal's characteristics through careful observation and material investigation, exploring a more painterly application of free motion stitch and surface manipulation. Julie has written articles about her practice, ‘The unpredictable Nature of Stitch’ and ‘From concept to Creation, which are both featured on the Textilartist.org website and ‘Loose Threads’ which was written for ‘Be Creative’ magazine.