fiber and textile
Julie Strong was born in Salt Lake City, UT, and grew up in Alpine, UT, where she began to study classical ballet and noticed an interest in sketching and drawing. As a student at East High School in Salt Lake City, one of her pencil drawings was purchased by the school through their student art program. After high school, she danced professionally with Wisconsin Ballet Theater, furthering her love of artistic things through physical, artistic expression and classical music.
Life, marriage, and a beautiful son took her into Canada, Montana, and Idaho. During this time, she explored sewing and costume making for Idaho Falls School of Ballet where she also taught and choreographed. Eventually, she started work with embroidery and various stitching on felted materials, partially inspired by her mother’s own love of stitching. Julie explored a method of incorporating felted pieces onto clothing and belts, furthering her journey towards embroidery on felted pieces as art. During this time, she explored the mountains in the Teton range, and developed a reverent respect for the magnificence and power of nature, whose influence can be seen in her works. Later, she returned to her home state of Utah, where she now resides, and continues her exploration of the Wasatch mountains and various areas in nearby deserts and mountains.
Through life experiences and continually evolving understanding of spirituality, Julie and continues to broaden her expression of meaning through art. Life is never stagnant. It continually evolves and metamorphoses through relationships of what is known and wanted to be known. Her work reflects her belief that the value of life exists in the act of creation, not simply the finished product. It is in each little minute detail, and our relationship to them, that creates a conscious and beautiful life. One that can experience all that comes and creates a thing of beauty.