The textile world mourns Julia Caprara , director and principal of Opus School of Textile Arts who passed away Friday morning. When I was considering the degree program at Opus, Julia was the one who answered my questions on the phone and encouraged my enrollment. She was always professional, generous and kind and I regret that I did not get to meet her in person. Many Canadian textile artists have been inspired by her as she and her husband Alex have visited this country several times. Truly exceptional, she will be missed by so many of her students from around the world.
My friend and fellow Opus student Joanne Young informed me of this sad news by email early today and I've not been able to think of much else. Joanne also told me that Julia was able to put together a new book about embroidery and that it is excellent.
My heartfelt condolences to her family.