Julia Griffiths Jones
Mrs Julia Griffiths Jones B.A, MA.RCA, FHEA
Senior Lecturer .6 B.A.Hons Surface Pattern Design
Tel: +44 (0) 1792 481000
First year tutor.
When I graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1978, I won a British Council Scholarship to research the folk art and textiles of Czechoslovakia where I lived for six months. There followed similar periods of research in Hungary, Poland and Romania. This research culminated in various exhibitions from 1978 – 1990.
After moving to Wales in 1990 my practice changed and developed into an investigation of the translation of textile techniques into a wire and metal form. Stories in the Making a solo exhibition at Ruthin Craft centre in 2004 celebrated a long period of work about writers and their connection to clothing. This exhibition toured Wales and venues in Scotland. Commissioned by the National Wool Museum in 2009/10 to make pieces for its contemporary trail was an important step in making new work about my own culture and heritage, this work was the beginning of my Room within a Room project, a suspended wire room, exhibited in Slovakia in 2015 and Wales in 2016/17. At the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 2017 the work won the Gold Medal for Craft and Design.
My current research stems from a residency I undertook in Gujarat in November 2017, funded by British Council Wales and will be exhibited in a touring exhibition in Wales and India in 2018/19.
I teach Visual Studies 1 and 2, and Major Studies 1 and 2,and contribute to the Advanced Creative Enquiry module. I teach broadly across four pathways in the first year of the Surface Pattern Course, as well as teaching practical workshops and drawing to third year students.
I research the history and symbolism of embroidered textiles mainly in Eastern Europe, but more recently in Gujarat in India. I am interested in translating this imagery into metal and am currently developing the use of enamel drawing in my practice as well as incorporating blacksmithing techniques to obtain different metal working qualities.
My expertise is in teaching Visual Studies which encompasses all types of drawing in a wide variety of media, this may also include printmaking and book making. I also teach decorative processes in metalwork, welding, and enamelling.
I have developed strong links with the National Museum of Wales while I have been teaching at Swansea College of Art. In 2009 I collaborated with the Director of the National Wool Museum to set up a student design competition with links to the Enterprise department at the Museum. This has meant that student designs have been purchased and produced for sale in the National Museum of Wales shops.
My work has been written about, reviewed and featured in the following publications.
- Embroidery Magazine, article entitled Apron Strings.
- Selvedge Magazine, article entitled Jones Her Book.
- Fiber Arts, article entitled Textiles inspired by Tradition, American Textile Magazine.
- Crafts, review of exhibition.
- Crafts, article entitled Domestic Science.
- Textiel Plus, review of exhibition in Dutch Textile magazine.
- View on Colour, article entitled Visible skills of daily living.
- Creative Wales Ambassador Award.
- Arts Council of Wales Production Grant
- Creative Wales Award
- Wales Arts International – exhibiting overseas award
- Arts Council of Wales – research award
- British Council Scholarship to Romania
- British Council Scholarship to Hungary
- British Council Scholarship to Czechoslovakia
- Sandersons Art in Industry, whilst a student