Julie, who had previously worked in laboratories, first became interested in chromophilia while researching the use of Scanning Electron Micrographs (SEM’s) in her Master’s work at the Australian National University (ANU) in 2003.

Chromophilia,from the Greek chromo (colour) and phileo (to love), is defined as an abnormal love of colour and the property, possessed by most cells, of staining readily with appropriate dyes.

“I was scanning fragments of my dyed fabrics at very high magnification with the SEM,” she explains. “However, the SEM uses electrons, not light, to build up an image on the computer, so I had to learn how to use digital software to add the colour back in.”

Chromophilia will run from 14 September until 9 October 2016 and will officially open on 25 September.


Discover the magic of printing with mordants in conjunction with a range of natural dyes. Mordant printing is a centuries old process whereby different colours can be obtained on your cloth from just one natural dyebath. This class will focus on several mordants and dyes as well as different printing and stamping processes. It is suitable for those wishing to extend beyond immersion dyeing to printing. It is suitable for relative beginners to the very experienced as participants can determine how to incorporate the Mordant Printing methods in their own practice.

Dates: 9.30-4.30pm 8/9 October 2016

Cost: $250 including a delicious morning tea and lunch

Venue: Timeless Textiles Gallery
90 Hunter St, Newcastle East

Estimated material fee ($30) payable to the artist

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