Judy Gula, photographed by Ann Maas Photography

Artist, Author & Entrepreneur

Judy Vincentz Gula, owner of Artistic Artifacts and Batik Tambal, is a published fiber and mixed media artist who loves to share her knowledge and skills in textiles and mixed media art with others. (Book Judy to teach or lecture at your quilt guild or art group!)

Judy has had a passion for fiber most of her life. She began as a weaver, spinner, dyer, and a collector of all things vintage and ethnic fabrics and studied fashion design at Radford University, earning degrees in fashion design and business marketing. Judy spent fifteen years as a member of the Potomac Fiber Gallery at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, and her studio at that time was included on the James Renwick Alliance Studio Tour.

Judy now enjoys merging all that she has learned from her many interests and channeling that into her business and making mixed media art quilts as well as shop samples using the unique collection of fabrics carried at Artistic Artifacts

Judy grew up in a family business that sold and manufactured parts for European automobiles. Her entrepreneurial spirit was born of this hands on, real-world education, preparing her for the business side of running a brick and mortar shop and online store.

Artistic Artifacts owner Judy Gula with her first book, Color Batik Panel QuiltsJudy finds inspiration in new and vintage materials and shares her love of art and empowering others to develop their own style. You may find her teaching a class or sharing her knowledge, whether at Artistic Artifacts or at your location, or working with a customer on choosing the right fabric or supplies to create their own vision.

In 2012, Judy and her husband Dave purchased Batik Tambal, which includes handpainted batik panels from Indonesian artists, her own line of batik fabrics, sarongs, and an unique collection of new and vintage copper tjaps used in the batik making process.

In 2019 her first book, Colorful Batik Panel Quilts: 28 Quilting and Embellishing Inspirations from Around the World, was published by Landauer Publishing. In it you will enter Judy’s world of these bright, colorful batik panels. Judy’s passion for vivid and intricate panel designs inspires beautiful art quilts and home décor that celebrate the fair trade movement.

Judy’s work has appeared in A Quilt Block Challenge: Vintage Revisited and Cutting-Edge Art Quilts, both by Mary W. Kerr; Creating Celebration Quilts by Cyndi Souder; First-Time Beading on Fabric by Liz Kettle; Modern Hand Stitching by Ruth Chandler and juried into the Sacred Threads Quilt Exhibition.

Judy was a co-founder of “Power Suits: An Art Quilt Challenge” and “Arts & Old Lace: An Art Quilt Challenge”. She is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, the Textile and Fiber Art List (TAFA).

Artistic Artifacts is a sponsor of Sacred Threads Quilt Exhibition and Textile and Fiber Art List.

Judy Gula portrait by Ann Maas of Ann Maas Photography.