My initial training was in science, working in a veterinary research laboratory for many years. I believe this started my fascination with the micro and the macro - I am initially drawn to the outward appearance of an object or image, then immediately want to investigate closer. Once enlarged through a microscope, the minutiae change scale, become powerful, altering my perception of the original. I am seduced by pattern, colour and form, but ultimately I want to find out what lies beneath that. The use of repetition is inspired in part from observing nature, but also from my subsequent training as a textile designer working in multiple modular units.
In 1994 I developed a hybrid practice of art and science by using fruit fermentation to colour and pattern my cloth. The bacteria and moulds produced by the rotting fruit ferment over several months, staining the cloth with natural dyes and leaving ghostly patterns of the fruit behind. The silks are then further embellished by hand.
Since 2002, I have worked with other scientists and used scientific technology to inform my work. In recent works, photomicrographs taken with the Scanning Electron Microscope are manipulated via the computer to produce new compositions that are digitally printed onto cloth.
The recurring theme in my work is to challenge perceptions of the dichotomies between chaos and control, perfection and imperfection - questioning concepts of beauty and veracity. I search for the power of transformation inherent in all materials, and I work with textiles because they possess unlimited potential.
Julie Ryder is a textile designer and artist who specialises in exclusive fabrics for interiors, fashion and homewares. She has gained international acclaim for her work which incorporates innovative mark making techniques together with more traditional methods of surface design and digital printing.
Initially trained in science, Ryder graduated in Studio Textiles at the Melbourne College of Textiles in 1990, and completed a Master of Arts (Visual Arts) degree at the Australian National University, School of Art in 2004.
Ryder has maintained an active professional studio practice, and has taught in tertiary institutions and community organizations, for over 24 years.
In 2005, Ryder was awarded the inaugural ANAT Synapse New Media Artist in Residence at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra, where she worked closely with Dr Christine Cargill, Curator of the Cryptogam Herbarium. She has been the recipient of many awards and grants, most notably the Gold Medal at the 1997 International Textile Design Competition in Taegu, Korea, the 2004 CAPO Singapore Airlines Award, as well as project and development grants from the Australia Council and artsACT. She has been awarded many national and international arts residencies, including the 2013 Asialink Visual Arts Residency at Rimbun Dahan in Malaysia, and the 2015 GLINT residency at the Canberra Glassworks and Megalo Print Studios.
Ryder has exhibited 20 solo, and over one hundred group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, and is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia; the National Gallery of Victoria; the Powerhouse Museum; the Art Gallery of South Australia; the Textile Museum in Tilberg, Netherlands; the Tamworth City Gallery. and many other public and private collections worldwide.
|2015:||Migrations, National School of Art & Design - Dublin,|
|2015:||Fertile Ground (solo), NSW - Maitland,|
|2013:||Intensity of Purpose, 21 Years of ANCA, Canberra Museum & Gallery - Canberra|
|2013:||Natural Wonders (solo), Narek Galleries - Tanja, NSW|
|2012:||Wonderland, Museum of Contemporary Art - Taiwan,|
|2012:||Companion Planting (solo), Bathurst Regional Art Gallery - Bathurst, NSW|
|2011:||Eyvindartunga, Gullkistan - Laugarvatn, Iceland|
|2011:||Imitation of Life, Canberra Museum & Gallery - Canberra|
|2011:||Creative Alchemy II (solo), Belconnen Arts Centre - Canberra|
|2010:||Abstract Nature, Samstag Gallery - Adelaide|
|2010:||13th International Tapestry Triennial - Lodz, Poland|
|2009:||ArtCloth: Engaging new Visions, Fairfield City Museum & Gallery - Sydney|
|2009:||Bravura: 21st century Australian Craft and Design, Art Gallery of South Australia - Adelaide|
|2008:||In Repeat (solo), Cowra Regional Art Gallery - Cowra, NSW|
|2008:||generate (solo), Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra; Sturt Gallery - Mittagong, NSW|
|2007:||cryptomorph (solo), Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum - Bathurst, NSW|
|2007:||transgenesis (solo), Craft Victoria - Melbourne|
|2006:||Strange Attractors, Zendai Museum of Modern Art - Shanghai, China|
|2005:||art and the bryophyte (solo), Australian National Botanic Gardens - Canberra|
|2000:||Australian Alchemy (solo), Lesley Craze Gallery, London|
|2015:||GLINT Residency, Canberra Glassworks and Megalo Print Studios|
|2015:||artsACT Out of Round Funding|
|2013:||Asialink Visual Arts Residency, Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia|
|2013:||Bundanon Trust Residency|
|2012:||Enlighten projections on Questacon and NLA|
|2012:||Finalist, ‘Memorabilia’ Centenary 100 Project, Craft ACT|
|2012:||Australia Council Skills and Arts Development Grant|
|2012:||ArtsACT Project Grant|
|2011:||Finalist, Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award|
|2011:||Gullkistan Residency, Laugarvatn, Iceland|
|2009:||Canberra Critics Circle Award|
|2009:||Hill End Residency|
|2008:||artsACT Project Grant|
|2006:||VAB New Work Established Grant, Australia Council|
|2005:||artsACT Project Grant|
|2004:||ANAT /Synapse New Media Artist in Residence, Australian National Botanic Gardens|
|2004:||CAPO Singapore Airlines Award|
|1997:||Winner, Gold Medal, International Textile Design Competition, Taegu, Korea|
|1996:||Winner, City of Melbourne Award for Excellence & Innovation|
|2014:||Hemmings, Dr. J., Cultural Threads : transnational textiles today, Bloomsbury Press, UK|
|2013:||Holmes, C & Kelly, A, Connected Cloth, Batsford UK pp96-97|
|2013:||Natural Wonders, Textile Fibre Forum Issue 112, pp40-41|
|2012:||Ivanova, A., Wonderland: New Contemporary Art from Australia, Taipei Cultural Foundation,pp130-135|
|2011:||Companion Planting, Textile Fibre Forum Vol 30, Issue 3 No 103 pp28-29|
|2011:||Clarke, D., Imitation of Life: Memory and Mimicry in Canberra Region Art, CMAG publication|
|2010:||Grishin, S., Julie Ryder, Imprint Vol 45, No 4|
|2010:||Kirk, V., 13th International Triennial of Lodz, Textile Fibre Forum, Vol 29, No 2 p40|
|2010:||Osborne, M., Abstract Nature, Samstag Museum pp34-35|
|2009:||Peoples, Dr S., Walking with Darwin, Surface Design Magazine, Spring 2009, pp38-43|
|2009:||Hoyle, G., Discovering Darwin: generate and Julie Ryder, Textile Fibre Forum, Issue 1, No 93, 2009, p24|
|2009:||Cousins, K-A., Skilful blend in a Darwin Journey, Canberra Times – Times 2, 15/1/09, p8|
|2009:||Wisniowski, M-T., Artcloth: Engaging New Visions, Textile Fibre Forum, No 95 pp30-33|
|2007:||Matthew Koumis, Art Textiles of the World: Australia Vol. 2, Telos, UK|
|2006:||Strange Attractors: Charm between art and science, Novamedia|
|2006:||Ivanova, A., Strange Attractors : Chalm between art and science, Zendai MOMA & Novomedia, pp58-63|
|2005:||Sarah Braddock Clarke and Marie O'Mahony, Techno Textiles 2 : Revolutionary Fabrics for Fashion and Design, Thames & Hudson|
|2005:||Textile Fibre Forum,Vol. 80, Front Page, inside cover and Page 10|
|2004:||Merryn Gates, Metis: Time:04, CCAS|
|2004:||Fiberarts Magazine, Vol 31 No 1, p.16|