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This profile was last updated on 7/18/10  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History


  • MFA , textiles
    Virginia Commonwealth University
  • undergraduate degree , art history
    University of Toronto
  • Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising as well as in the Department of Craft/Material Studies
    Virginia Commonwealth University
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QU in Northern Virginia - Fairfax Chapter, 18 July 2010 [cached]
MAY 19 - Julia E. Pfaff - Julia E. Pfaff is a 2000-2001 recipient of an Individual Artist's Fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Following in a family tradition, Julia began quiltmaking at the age of ten. With an undergraduate degree in Art History from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Fine Art degree from Virginia Commonwealth University she divides her time between being an educator and studio artist. For over twenty-five years she worked as an archaeological technical artist in Greece, Egypt and Jordan. Her quilted constructions have been exhibited at the American Craft Museum in New York, the Textile Museum in Washington DC, and at several locations in Canada and Japan.
She currently is teaching in an adjunct capacity for the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Here, she teaches Textile Manufacturing for the Fashion Industry and Historic and Ethnic Textiles for the department of Fashion Design and Merchandizing and Fabric Design for the Crafts/Material Studies Department. She also teaches Quilting and Surface Design as part of VCU's off campus graduate art program.
Quilter and artist Julia E. Pfaff will outline how her work has grown to a sophisticated art form incorporating traditions from quilting, western art, and ethnic textile production. Process not only informs, but is an integral part of the development of Pfaff's work.
This lecture and trunk show focuses Julia's most recent work which as well as a selection of older work that illustrates the growth and changes in her quilting. She will lend insights into her creative process and discuss how can we edit better and have the confidence to express your own ideas and how to let your inner artist grow and mature. After over twenty years exhibiting, teaching, and lecturing in the art quilt world she will share her insights into what makes good art and why not all art quilts fit her criteria.
After the lecture, Julia will hold a half-day workshop titled: Drawing with Your Sewing Machine - The simplest piece of fabric can be turned into beautiful and unique art through the addition of quilted lines. This fast-paced workshop introduces the various ways you can use your sewing machine to draw on fabric. Both free motion and conventional quilting methods will be explored. Participants will produce several samples during the class suitable for use as pillow tops. Methods of joining machine quilted blocks will also be demonstrated.
On Friday, May 20 - Julia will hold a half-day workshop titled: Contemporary Mosaic (or Crazy) Piecing - This fast moving fun class explores a spontaneous approach to a traditional quilting favorite with an emphasis on contemporary design.
Art Center News – Staunton Augusta Art Center | Staunton VA Galleries | Art Classes & Exhibits [cached]
Topographies: whole cloth quilts by Julia E. Pfaff and Clear Cut and New Growth, fiber art by Mary Beth Bellah
Julia E. Pfaff of Richmond who holds an MFA from VCU where she currently teaches, states that this new body of work titledTopographies: Whole Cloth Quilts explores the textures and forms of woven fabric and the stitched line. | Inspired or required?, 15 Jan 2006 [cached]
Many of Richmond's visual artists "don't want it generally known that they do other kinds of work," says Julia Pfaff, a local artist and teacher at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Instructor: Julia E. Pfaff, ..., 14 Mar 2008 [cached]
Instructor: Julia E. Pfaff, award-winning textile artist and Adjunct Instructor, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Studio Art Quilt Associates - Transformations 08:, 6 May 2010 [cached]
Julia E. Pfaff - Nine Goddesses
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