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Julia Taroni – Handmade by Joolz

Combining a passion for stained glass and textiles, Handmade by Joolz specialises in intricate glass decorations for the home. Each piece is handmade with love and care.

Custom orders welcome!

 

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Exhibition address
14 Wildlake, Orton Malborne, Peterborough

Open days

Postponed until 2021

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What can I tell you about me….
Well, I guess it starts way back. As a small child I loved making things. I would constantly be on the scrounge of empty cereal boxes and sellotape from my mum and make all sorts of things from very basic materials.

At about the age of 5 or so my Granny bought me a teeny knitting set. It had super tiny needles and enough yarn to make a scarf for my Sindy doll! But, that fuelled and obsession with yarn that has never gone away.
My Grandad was a fantastic artist. He mostly drew in pastel pencils and was a regular at the village exhibitions. Drawing wasn’t really my thing as much, but I learned a lot about colour and how to see tones and how to blend colours from him. He told me on numerous occasions that my ability to draw perspective on objects sucked!!

At school I excelled at product design. I had my GCSE work exhibited at the East of England showgroundand won a Roundtable award for my hotel design. It was a tough call as to which direction I took from my A levels (Design, Biology and Chemistry) and initially I decided that I was going to be a medicinal chemist and spent a year at uni studying chemistry. However, there was more maths and physics involved than I care for so I made the decision to take an Art foundation course and that was where I fell in love with textile design. This was the area I specialised in when I went to uni; specifically printed textiles.

I was unable to find a job directly in this industry after graduation and found myself working for a 7 years in the civil service.
I never lost my love for arts and crafts and through this time knitted lots for my children and began to crochet. I also had my first business designing and producing completely handmade wedding stationery and greetings cards. I began selling knitted and crocheted items and also taught these skills to others.

In 2016 I came across a stained glass beginners course at my local adult education college. My best friend from school had made a few things through a similar class. She had recently passed from cancer and it was a way of feeling close to her (seems a bit weird writing it like that, but nonetheless it was how it felt).

After the first few tentative breaks of glass I was hooked. I came home from the first lesson buzzing and telling my husband I had found what I wanted to do for ever! He was sceptical, but here we are a little way down the line and my love for glass is stronger than ever.
I feel fortunate on a daily basis that I have a job that I look forward to every day. I love being able to create items that are unique to the person requesting them, and to be honest with you the weirder the request, the more I love it!!

So, if you have any weird and wonderful requests for designs then let me know. I can usually figure out a way to design most things.

So, there you go!! A little (more than I was anticipating) bit about me!!


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