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Julie Ryder
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Julie Ryder undertook a Synapse 1 Residency with the Australian National Botanic Gardens and the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research (CPBR) in 2005.

Julie Ryder’s residency culminated in an exhibition Art and the Bryophyte at the Australian National Botanic Gardens Visitors Information Centre. The exhibition was an exploration of the research of scientist Dr Christine Cargill who Julie worked with at the CPBR. Part of Dr Cargill’s research was in the area of bryophytes (mosses, liverworts and hornworts), or ‘moss plants’, and ancient group of plants that play an important ecological role in diverse terrestrial ecosystems. Access to this fascinating field of research and equipment at CPBR enabled Julie to produce detailed large-scale textiles and digital prints of microscopic images of bryophytes, revealing their fascinating and complex structure. The exhibition also explored the history of botany with three-dimensional artworks, investigating ‘the history of collecting and collectors, and questioned the idea of order, perfection and classification’.

Julie Ryder is a textile designer and artist who has gained international recognition for her work. She has exhibited in over 15 solo, and 130 group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally.

She has maintained an active professional studio practice, and has taught in tertiary institutions, workshops and community organisations for over 20 years.

Initially trained in science, Ryder subsequently graduated from the Melbourne College of Textiles in 1990, and completed a Master of Arts (Visual Arts) degree at the ANU School of Art in 2004. 

In 2005, Ryder was awarded the inaugural ANAT Synapse New Media Artist in Residence at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra, where she worked closely with Dr Christine Cargill, Curator of the Cryptogam Herbarium.

Julie has received many grants, awards and residencies, and her work is represented in many private and public institutions including the NGA, NGV, Powerhouse Museum, The Art Gallery of SA, and the Textiel Museum in Tilberg, Nederlands.
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