Julie Brooks is a native of North Carolina, currently residing in Seattle, WA. She attended NC State University studying zoology and the life sciences before deciding to explore her passion for the arts. This moved Brooks to Greenville, NC where she graduated in 2002 with a BFA in Metal Design and a Minor in Anthropology from East Carolina University. After 3 years working as a bench jeweler for Atlanta based enamelist Ricky Frank, she attended graduate school and received an MFA in Artisanry, concentration in Jewelry/Metals, from UMASS Dartmouth in 2008. Currently, Brooks teaches workshops at Pratt Fine Arts Center and Tacoma Metal Arts Center. She has also recently taught at Central Washington University, North Seattle College, Santa Fe Community College, Pullen Arts Center, Cary Arts Center, NC State University Crafts Center, Winthrop University, UMASS Dartmouth and creates in her space at Equinox Studios. Brooks has been published in 1000 Rings, The Art of Enameling, 500 Wedding Rings, and Humor in Craft. She exhibits nationally and is included in the collections of David Freda and Rancho Obi-Wan in Petaluma, CA.
Although science did not become her career, Brooks shares a deep attachment to the natural world through biological forms and the chemistry of living things. These ideas are reinvented through her narrative artworks. This occurs in the appearance of such formats as: root systems, veins, viruses, or pod forms, where she utilizes a biomechanical format with symbolic imagery.