Meet Julie Williamson, Shetland Textile Designer

In preparation for our teen writing workshop and Shetland’s Night of Creativity, we’re getting to know a few local creatives. Today we learn a bit about Julie Wiliamson from Julie Williamson Designs, a Shetland-based textile designer.

Julie Williamson Designs is a textile designer and maker from Whalsay Shetland, who creates unique hand drawn designs for digital and screen printed fabric.

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Influenced by old French Toile De Jouy and fair isle knitwear patterns, she combines these with her own personal style and uses her own stories and memories to create scenes for each design.

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She is strongly inspired by her home Shetland, with its rich heritage and culture that can be seen within her fishing and crofting designs. Her strong bold colour pallet comes from Shetland’s beautiful landscape, from the blue and green stormy seas to the purple and red heathery hills. Shetlands weather also features in her Tactile collection, inspired by Shetlands summery dusky nights and misty mornings creating a more neutral colour pallet.

Tactile Collection

Keeping with her Shetland theme each design uses Shetland words and dialect for the titles, each product is also handmade or hand finished giving it that added personal touch.

Twitter and Instagram: @JulieWDesigns
Tel: 01806566652 / 07917117138

Shetland Create is a teen writing workshop and literary event filled with stories, music, food and ceilidh dance hosted in Lerwick, Scotland at Shetland’s Mareel Auditorium on 2 April, 2016 by University of Glasgow students Kirsten Boswell and Angie Spoto. Follow us on Twitter @ShetlandCreate.

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