Julia Morgan © Ellen November

Julia Morgan

Ellen F November

San Luis Obispo, California, USA

Artist Statement

My work reflects my training as an illustrator and my lifelong love of sewing. Combining visual storytelling with cartography, I portray major features of a particular location. I completed a project of 12 pieces based on the Rand McNally Books of Maps of the Los Angeles area. The work focuses on the coastal areas from Malibu to Long Beach. Other projects include war torn cities in the Middle East, landmarks of Los Angeles and more whimsical themes including roosters and pomegranates.

I work in an organic manner. I begin my design by combing aerial views, significant landmarks or people, and a color scheme. I print photos onto fabric which may be embellished by thread or paint. From there, the materials lead to the final work.

Being a new resident of the Central Coast, I chose Julia Morgan for this project, architect of the nearby Hearst Castle as my groundbreaking woman. She was the first woman to become a licensed architect in the state of California.

My work is part of a permanent installation at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, the Western Museum of Flight and Crafted at Port of LA all in Southern California.

Woman’s Groundbreaking Accomplishment

Julia Morgan was the first woman to become a licensed architect in California. She was the primary architect for Hearst Castle above San Simeon Harbor.


Machine and hand sewing.


My materials include vintage linens and lace, my own illustrations, fabric painting, fabric and thread.

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