Julia Martin

Denver, Colorado

“Intimacy, perseverance, grittiness, and repair are consistent themes as I mend, using thread as a primary tool for my own visual language.”

About Me

I can often be found stitching my work in moments in between. I sew small scraps together, much like these moments come together to make up a day. The resulting patchworks show how I collate visuals, thoughts, memories, and ideas — my grist for living a life. Paper’s pliable, fragile composition allows it to be sutured like skin being gently pulled back together to heal. With their various stages of tension, the seams represent how we hold together when going through significant events individually and collectively. We are tethered to one another.

Examples of My Work

Fun Facts

  • Mix Tapes — one of the best ways to get to know someone. I still make a seasonal playlist.
  • Serious business — I come off as kind of intense, but I snort when I laugh.
  • Cookies — I am certain I have the best generations-old secret recipe for oatmeal cream pies.
  • Upside-down stamps — they mean I love you.
  • Postcard correspondence — one of my favorite ways to communicate.

More About Me

What one (art) item can you not do or go without?

A needle and thread

What do you want to learn next?

I want to figure out how to make a huge paper quilt

What do you wish you could tell your younger artist self?

Draw every day! Also, you can let go of preconceived ideas of what art “should” be. When you make from the most authentic place inside, that is your art.