Julia Blake is a fiber arts instructor, artist, weaver, casual phone photographer, and tinkerer. She spent her formative years moving back and forth between the midwestern United States and West Bengal, India and has been fascinated by textiles since early childhood.
With a degree in Education and Human Sciences, focused on Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Julia has also studied at the Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre in Thimphu, Bhutan where she had the privilege of learning one of the country’s most celebrated crafts - backstrap loom weaving.
Julia has the continued honor of teaching the art of handweaving to the blind and visually impaired residents of Friedman Place.
Environmental Science, Astronomy, and Philosophy provide the creative drive behind most of Julia’s work. She strives to embrace and celebrate the idea of simplicity in form and function as being a powerful positive, rather than a limitation.
Julia lives on the northern border of Chicago with her husband and two suspiciously well-behaved cats.