Julia Griffiths Jones

Mrs Julia Griffiths Jones B.A.Hons, M.A.Royal College of Art Textile Design.

Senior Lecturer .6  B.A.Hons Surface Pattern Design

Swansea

Tel: +44 (0) 1792 481000
E-mail: julia.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk

Julia Griffiths-Jones

  • First year tutor, responsible for the first year programme. Exploratory Research module and Visual Studies 1 module.
  • Responsible for delivering Advanced Creative Enquiry module to third years.
  • Teaching metalwork  to first and second years. Tutorials and Assessments for all years.
  • Organising Student Educational Study Trips.
  • Supervising dissertations.

I was educated at Winchester School Of Art and The Royal College of Art where I studied Printed Textile Design. On leaving The Royal College of Art I won a British Council Scholarship to research folklore at The Comenius University in Bratislava.

Following this I carried out further research at The Museum of Ethnography in Budapest, and was a guest of The Romanian Artists Union in Bucharest. These were also jointly funded by The British Council.

I make and exhibit metalwork which preserves, by its very durable nature, the visual motifs found in European and Welsh Textiles, and through doing this I hope to exemplify how folklore continues to be a tried and tested means for the representation and propagation of culture, politics and nationalism.

My work has been exhibited in leading galleries in Britain and Europe. Recent projects include Stories in the Making, a touring exhibition organised by Ruthin Craft Centre, a residency and instalment of my work on permanent display at The National Wool Museum ,and a commission for The Royal Aberdeen Children’s hospital, for which I won the Saltaire Art in Architecture prize.

I am currently working on a project to display a three dimensional drawing in wire in vernacular buildings in Slovakia and Wales in 2015.

For most of my working life I have been involved in the teaching of Art. I began teaching on a Foundation Course at Middlesex University, moving to UWIC in Cardiiff, and Coleg Sir Gar,before changing direction to my current job on the Surface Pattern Design course at Swansea Metropolitan.

I also work on projects in my local community, and have just finished working on three art projects with adults recovering from Mental Health issues.

In first year Surface Pattern I teach Major Studies A1,Exploratory Research, and Visual and Technical Studies 1.In the third year of the course I teach Advanced Creative Enquiry. Within my teaching requirements for Year One I have four pathways to introduce and to deliver. The aim being that at the end of Year One students will understand the differences between these pathways by undertaking six projects throughout the first year. This means that my design background as well as my drawing and making skills are all factored in to the way I deliver these briefs.

I am totally committed to an interdisciplinary approach of learning through drawing, and feel that if a student does not engage with a subject through drawing, then they have not truly seen or understood the subject. I use a similar approach in the third year but at a higher level, and have to write my briefs with research questions for the four pathways in mind. I also supervise dissertations in the third year.

Recent research interests include the historical and modern practical applications of the Welsh Woollen Industry. This resulted in a permanent instalment of five Textile/Metal pieces throughout the National Wool Museum with an accompanying educational guide and activity booklet for children. In addition my designs were printed onto domestic products  which are now on sale in The National Museum of Wales shops.

Currently my research focuses on symbolism and meaning in Textiles, and in particular the connection between Welsh domestic interiors, for eg. the inside of a nineteenth century kitchen, and the similarities found in the deep rooted tradition of Slovak embroidery. This project will be funded by the Arts Council of Wales and The Slovak National Museum, and supported by Ruthin Craft Centre.

Primary areas of experience and related skills are:

  • Curriculum development
  • Practical teaching in the studio
  • Student assessment in the role of tutor, counsellor and practitioner.

Initiating, advising and practical involvement on external projects for students.

In 2007 I began a residency at The National Wool Museum,part of The National Museum of Wales.My project was called ‘’Drawing out the Collection”, and while doing this I built up a strong relationship with the Museum Manager, who knowing I was a teacher asked me to help her set up a competition between the Museum and Universities in South Wales.I decided to produce inspiration packs to introduce students to the history and breadth of the Museum’s collection ,hoping to hook them visually before their Museum visit to begin the competition.

This model has been running successfully for six years, and we updated it three years ago by adding a Commercial outcome to the brief: to design a product for the sole purchase in The National Wool Museum shop.We teach this project at the end of the first year when we feel students have the knowledge and understanding needed to attempt this live brief.

In 2012 I was approached by Oriel Myrddin Gallery,engagecymru and Artscare to devise and run a series of art workshops using wire for adults recovering from Mental Health problems.I brought students from Swansea into the project to help on an individual basis, and also a pupil from the local secondary school who was on gallery work experience. The brief asked for an exhibition, which we held to great success at The National Botanic Gardens of Wales.

  • Stories in the Making published by Ruthin Craft Centre in 2005 isbn 1-900941 82 1
  • Selvedge Magazine, 2010 .Jones Her Book,Feature.
  • Fiber Arts Magazine,2008,Textiles inspired by Tradition, American publication.
  • Crafts, issue March/April 2006, review of exhibition.
  • Textiel Plus,review in Dutch Textile magazine.
  • Embroidery Magazine,2006 Review of Work.
  • View on Colour,Issue 23, 2003.Visible skills of Daily Living
  • Crafts,Issue March/April 2002, Domestic Science, Review of Work.
  • 1977 Sanderson’s Art in Industry Award whilst a student at R.C.A.
  • 1996 Arts Council of Wales Travel Award to Slovakia
  • 2003 Arts Council of Wales Creative Wales Award
  • 2009 Arts Council of Wales Production Grant
  • 2006 University of the Arts Farnham ,Surrey spoke at a Textile Conference.
  • 2011 Oriel Myrddin Gallery Carmarthen spoke at Conference on Drawing
  • 2013 Engage Conference Birmingham spoke about an Arts and Mental Health project which I devised and ran for engagecymru.