Julie Westmaas’ love of fabric and fiber arts began around the age of eight with her grandmother’s embroidery hoop, and she later learned to sew in her early teens. Sewing became a passion and inspired a lifelong interest in fiber arts.
Westmaas studied art at Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University. She also earned a scholarship through GVSU to study art for the summer in Dubrovnik, Croatia. In her classes, Westmaas studied photography, painting, and batik, but realized that fiber arts are her preferred way to express her creativity. With fabrics, threads, paints, inks, dyes, yarn, ribbon, and trim pieces, the ideas are always endless.
The subject matter in Westmaas’ pieces ranges from landscapes, flowers, food, people, animals, and more. She often uses her own photographs as inspiration. Her fiber art includes such items as framed quilted art, fabric bowls, jewelry, gift bags, and batik designs.
She teaches fiber arts and batik at Lakeshore Sewing and the Newaygo County Council for the Arts – Artsplace, with her work displayed in the Muskegon Museum of Art Gift Shop, the NCCA-Artsplace and here at City Center Arts.
Life is a great tapestry. The individual is only an insignificant thread in an immense and miraculous pattern.Albert Einstein