Luthier / Maker of the 8ft Project's Viols & Pardessus
Jane Julier has more than 25 years of experience in viol making. Her career continues to flourish and her viols are in great demand with many professional players, commissioning and owning viols made by her.
Jane Julier initially went to Art school to train as a silversmith. The music department at the school owned a Viola da Gamba. Fascinated by it’s beauty and sound, she learned to play the viol and by the time she graduated, she knew that she wanted to pursue viol making as a career.
Combining her skills as an artist and musician, she quickly developed her own unique style in the sonority and aesthetic quality of her viols. Her instruments are based on careful observation of original instruments. Her English viols, which are made with bent tops, follows with respect and high regard of the English tradition of viol making in the 17th century.
Jane Julier’s workshop is at her farmhouse in the beautiful Blackdown Hills of Devon.
During Jane’s career as a viol maker she turned to the Alexander Technique to help her with postural problems that had developed over the years as a result of working at the bench. She became fascinated with the benefits of the Alexander Technique and she decided to deepen her knowledge and train as an Alexander Technique teacher and she qualified in 2010.
She has found that the Alexander Technique has really added a new dimension to the creativity of her instrument making as well as helping her overcome the physical challenges of the focused work, that viol making demands.