RedBerry member Julee Jones will be our presenter at the April Meeting. Here is her profile:-
For over 30 years Julee worked as as a fashion designer, most of those as the fashion director of her own clothing manufacturing company in Sydney.
A winner of the prestigious 'Australian Fashion Industry Award' and a finalist on several occasions Julee had developed a large market and following for her label around Australia and New Zealand.
"It is a wonderful, exciting industry to be part of, demanding on your time and artistic talents," says Julee, "and I was fortunate being in the industry for so long to be part of some quite dramatic changes in women’s fashion over that time."
"By 1997 the industry, both retail and manufacturing, was changing at such a rapid and significant rate that we had to make the decision to get bigger, or get out, – we chose the latter."
Julee’s 'Berry Plan' was to expand her leisure time with her first love – horse riding – she is a regular competitor at dressage events all around the region and to develop her artistic talents – painting, wearable art and glass fusing.
"Unfortunately I am running behind my original schedule particularly on the artistic side," says Julee.
This is due to the fact that word got around town that she had moved to Berry and has been busy designing and making personalized - special occasion garments and riding outfits for clients in the area.
Since moving to Berry she has had a number of exhibitions. Paintings (mainly pastels) at Silos Estate and fibre art with ATASDA (Australian Textile Arts & Surface Wearable Art for an exhibition in the near future.Design Association) in Sydney.
Julee is keen to encourage art in the Berry area and is currently endeavoring to find the time to develop a collection of Wearable Art for an exhibition in the near future.