Judith Rowley

About the Artist

Judith Rowley, B.Ed

Judith creates textural and tactile surfaces from natural fabrics and fibres which are bonded to create bases for “painting” with hand and machine stitch.Vertical and horizontals often characterize Judith’s practice from inspiration to the finished 2D or 3D form. Have a look at Judith’s gallery and you will see exhibition pieces and also gain an insight into Judith’s visual research which is an integral part of her creative journey.

Judith is passionate about her textile art and developing her practice. She enjoys to share it with others and offers a diverse programme of talks/ lectures/ workshops about her creatve journey and practice.

Judith is an active member of Prism Textiles an independent international exhibiting group. Closer to home Judith is a exhibiting member with Midlands Textile Forum, Birmingham Art Circle and Textile Connection. Her work has been seen recently at The Mall Galleries, Hoxton Arches Gallery, Glaziers Art Fair,London, RDS Dublin and Specialist Textile Art Shows at National Exhibition Centre,Birmingham as well as at Royal Birmingham Society of Artists where Judith has been a guest tutor.


Judith’s collections show the diversity of her inspiration . Work ranges from the built and natural environment to literature to conceptual ideas such as sustainability and sentimentality.

2D Works

Work Collection

This body of work shows how Judith’s creativity is often characterised by vertical and horizontal line.

Natural fabrics and fibres are embedded to create textural surfaces for embellishment.


Work Collection

Judith’s fabric books or Journey Journals contain creative journeys and include ideas, drawings and sampling.

They account for that creative journey from inspiration to exhibition piece. Judith offers workshops on making such books,and offers talks/workshops on her creative journeys.

3D Works

Work Collection

Judith’s work is very tactile and her style suits the 3 dimensional form well. Here can be seen her skills with free machining and hand stitch.

Judith often machine stitches figures into her work. Her “Stick Characters” have neither gender or ethnicity. They are just represent people.


Work Collection

Judith works large-scale on lightweight hangings. Indian turban cotton lengths are embellished with dye and fabric manipulation.

All such skills are offered through workshops and commissions are taken.

Talks and Workshops

Talks and workshops offered by Judith

My Creative Journey…. from Inspiration to Exhibition. Hear Judith’s story of how she has developed and created her textile art practice. See examples of her journey journals and latest exhibition pieces.


1. Developing a Creative Journey….. Judith indicates the stages that one can go through from an initial inspiration to creating a beautiful textile art piece. Judith will illustrate such a journey by explaining examples of her own creative work. Students will be taken through this metamorphosis and will develop their own work and with Judith’s help will by the end of the day have an understanding of the principles that underpin textile art projects.

2. Rag Books are not just for Babies…. why buy a samples book when you can make your own. Construct your own fabric book out of Indian cotton supplied by Judith with beautiful pages. This can be a work of art in itself!

3. Fabric Manipulation…. Make a beautiful 2D or 3D textile art piece using a number of manipulation skills to create a textural surface to hand stitch into. Judith will bring a piece of Indian cotton for each student to use which is a joy to handle, to stitch and to paint with dye.

4. Handstich ABC – Addictive, Beautiful,Creative….a therapy! If you can handstitch you will always have a faithful friend. Students will learn how to embellish an Indian cotton surface with a range of handstitches.

5. An introduction to the embellishing machine….. texturing, bonding, manipulating, embedding, drawing….. Judith has developed a range of skills using the machine which she uses extensively in her textile art practice. Students will need their own machine on such a course and will complete a range of samples of surface design.

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