Owens is a seventh-generation Nebraskan on one side of her family, and the descendant of New England textile mill workers on the other. Sewing is her first creative language and has been a part of her life from a very young age. Her work is influenced by traditional quilt motifs as well as modern graphic design.
Owens studied at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and American Intercontinental University in London, and worked as a bedding designer for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in New York, with a focus on quilts.
She explores the ideas of place, lineage, longing, and belonging, and loves exploring the interplay of different patterns, colors and the push/pull of positive and negative space. She is drawn to the tactile nature and approachability of quilts and hopes the viewer will find a sense of visual comfort in her work, in addition to considering a familiar medium in a new way.
The County-City Exhibition Gallery will feature the work of Julie Owens from December 1, 2023 to February 23, 2024.