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JULIE LEE SYE

Weaver

@little_loom

Julie weaves natural wall hangings using sustainable, ethical, and vintage materials. She lives on the south cost of New South Wales, Australia.

What's your story?

We moved to the South Coast 2 weeks before our second child was born. I didn’t know anyone in the community and we had no family around us and I wanted to find something creative I could do.  A friend got a couple of kids weaving kits for us to have a play with and I was hooked.  

 

That was in October 2014 and since then I have spent many hours making many wall hangings. I started Little Loom about 18mths ago as a place to record my craft, I had no idea it would become what it has amongst a wonderful community of creative people. I make my pieces in between doing the school run for my 6yr old and looking after my 2yr old at home. 

 

My passion is for natural fibres and I only buy from a selection of small businesses that sell fair trade, ethical, sustainable and rare/vintage materials.  Hand dyed, hand spun fibres are my favourites, especially botanically dyed.  The colour range that can be achieved by what mother nature provides is breath taking.

Brown Weaved Wall Hanging

What's your creative process?

I am inspired by so many things and love brainstorming and talking ideas with other creatives.  I come up with ideas all the time and there are not enough hours in the day to do all the things I would like to.   I do not plan my pieces, I get an idea and it grows very organically from there.  I let the fibres tell the story and do what they want. I never try to force a particular “look”, I just let it flow.  I enjoy doing collaborations as well, its alot of fun joining forces with another creative and making something beautiful.

Navy Weaved Wall Hanging

What makes your work unique?

Its funny, I feel egotistical trying to answer this question.  I guess my work is unique because I made it.  Each piece is original and one of a kind.

White Weaved Wall Hanging

What advice do you have for other aspiring weavers?

Don’t try to conform to what you think weaving is or should be.  There are no rules and there are no right or wrong ways to do it, If you create something and you love it then that is all that matters.  Don’t stifle your creativity or your passion trying to fit in, stand out, do what feels right for you and just keep practicing.  Try new materials, try different techniques (or make up your own) and push your own boundaries.

Rustic Weaved Wall Hanging

Where can we find your work?

You can find me on Instagram as @little_loom and I have plans to re-open my website before the end of the year.

Hey, do you know someone who loves natural looking wall art?

Support Julie and show your wall-art-loving friend you care about them by sharing this interview:

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