Julie was raised on the Eastside of Lake Washington before moving to Europe when she was 12 years old. She attended boarding schools in Spain and England, then returned to America where she studied at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts. She made jewelry in copper and other materials before becoming a sculptor.
She made her first trip to Japan in the late 1980’s, where she encountered traditional Japanese woodblock prints. She had always loved the Japanese aesthetic and came back to the United States with a new curiosity for woodblock printing, which she explored alongside her sculpture, throughout her 35-year career.
Speidel often works at the intersection between figuration and abstraction, suggesting the human form through combinations of elegantly simple shapes both in her sculpture and her work on paper.
RBG, an honoring of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is part of the Private Collection of Kevin and Mary Daniels.