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Julie Ryder

Julie Ryder
Artist's statement

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.

Recent work
Molonglo …Domestic Blueprint
  • Molonglo …Domestic Blueprint, 2013
  • Hand embroidered tablecloth, wooden table
  • Dimensions: 240 x 280cm
  • Photo: Rob Little; Concept: Julie Ryder
Enlighten 2012
  • Enlighten 2012, 2012
  • Digitally projection on Questacon Building, Canberra
  • Photo: Chris Holly
Net Returns
  • Net Returns, 2007
  • Reflective glass thread, netting technique, stainless steel
  • Dimensions: Each net 40cm diam x 300cm
  • Photo: Creative Image Photography
Fertile Ground
  • Fertile Ground, 2015
  • Installation at Maitland Regional Art Gallery
  • Photo: courtesy of the Artist

Generate: Emma (detail)
  • Generate: Emma (detail), 2008
  • Hand-cut leaf dots on tapa cloth
  • Dimensions: 45cm x80cm
  • Photo: Derek Ross
Regenerate:1859 (detail)
  • Regenerate:1859 (detail), 2008
  • Digitally printed silk
  • Dimensions: 130cm x 300cm
  • Photo: Julie Ryder

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.

Selected exhibitions
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
Selected commissions/awards/grants
2015:   CICF Grant
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
Selected publications
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


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