Julia Caprara School of Textile Arts

Julia Caprara

Julia Caprara (1939 – 2008)

Educated:

Perse School for Girls, Cambridge

 

Henrietta Barnett School, Hampstead

 

Hornsey College of Art 1955 – 1961

Fellow Society of Designer – Craftsmen

Member (later Chair) of 62 Group of Textile Artists

portraitJulia Caprara was a visionary known to many as the creator of cutting edge creative textiles characterised by vibrant colour and an innovative use of materials. Her work perfectly expressed her zest for life and, when the situation demanded, her anguish at some of the terrible events of the 20th century. Her passion was for hand stitching which enabled her to work anywhere and ensured close contact with her materials and the particular intuitive process that she developed over the years. Adventurous stitching was also combined with paint and unusual found materials.

Julia’s personal philosophy was informed by an understanding of contemporary art in all its forms and it was her concern that the potential of textiles, and embroidery in particular, should be seen as an important and expressive medium within the mainstream of the visual arts.

Julia will also be remembered as an inspirational teacher by the many whose lives she touched in schools, Further Education classes and workshops worldwide. Encouraging, supportive, always seeing the best in her students but at the same time rigorous in enabling students to think for themselves and to discover their own creative potential.

Bringing together these two facets of her life, the next step was to establish her own courses to pass on her expertise to as many students as possible. With the encouragement of Constance Howard she sought to set up a BA course in Embroidered Textiles which was eventually validated by Middlesex University. As this course was delivered by distance learning it opened up the opportunity for students in many countries to achieve a graduate qualification in the subject they loved.

It is this course which continues in the School which now bears her name and perpetuates her legacy.

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