Artist Interview: Julie Sarloutte – Embroidery Artist

Embroidery Art by Julie SarloutteToday, we’d like to welcome the very talented artist, Julie Sarloutte to Jung Katz!

Tell us about yourself, who are you, where are you from, and what do you do?
I’m a French artist, a graduate of the National School of Fine Arts in Paris, France, who works mostly in embroidery.

How did you get started doing what you do?
I was in the National School of Fine Arts of Paris, and I tried to find myself and make something more “me” and stronger than what I was currently doing with my paintings, and one day I just saw a huge cross point in a flea market and I immediately fell in love with the material and here I am!

What’s your inspiration?
I’m very receptive of what I see on the screen. I take my inspiration from technology: tv shows, movies, and scenes covered by the media ­such as omnipresent tragedies: hostages, repression, etc… But I also pass a lot of my time by looking at others’ work on the internet.

Embroidery Art by Julie SarloutteEmbroidery Art by Julie SarloutteWhat is art to you?
An idea to share.

What does your typical day look like?
I have a grandmother’s life… I spend most of my day embroidering, drinking some coffee or a cup of tea all while watching TV and fighting with my cat for the cotton… I also go to the cinema a lot.

How do you keep motivated?
I use the feeling that the movie I’m watching gives me to keep motivated. I like to think that it can be felt in my work. When I’m watching a violent movie or the news, I’m angry and when I’m watching a love story, I feel sweet…

What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
Show the whole world that we can make “art” with popular culture.

Embroidery Art by Julie SarloutteEmbroidery Art by Julie Sarloutte

What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
I just began my career, so I have nothing yet to tell myself… but I’m glad to have stood up to my professor and to have continued embroidering popular pictures!

Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
Do what you love. It doesn’t matter if some people don’t like it, there will always be someone who loves it.

What are your thoughts on art school?
I came out of the National School of Fine Arts of Paris, and the practice department, was great, where you could try all the techniques that you could not do on your own, like mosaic, forge, etc.  Receiving advice from other students and of course opening your view to other’s work was great as well.

Embroidery Art by Julie SarloutteEmbroidery Art by Julie SarloutteHave any future aspirations that you’d like to share?
I’ll be working on a series of portraits of actors and people that I like- surprise, surprise! And of course with all the things that happen in the world today, I am preparing for a huge embroidery project representing a manifestation.

What’s your dream project?
To go on movie sets, and try to capture current events in embroidery. Or at least to take a picture of it for future embroidery.

Any other artists that you would like to recommend for others to check out as well?
Cayce Zavaglia, Jenny Hart, Faig Ahmed, and my friend Ellen Schinderman!

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  1. Always fun to see how others use embroidery- and this woman is after my own heart with her desire to see pop-culture elevated to art. Embroidery and pop culture are a huge part of my creative practice.



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