Amazing space

I have been invited to take part in Somerset Arts Week this year alongside some of my longstanding local creative role models. Over the coming summer months i will be doing little residency bursts out in the amazing space that is Dove Studios Butleigh and responding with a series of screenprints and an artists book. To all be exhibited as part of theSomerset Art Works festival from september 23- october 8 2017. With great honour i will be doing all this with support from, and in the company of Bron Bradshaw Diana Milstein.

Dove studios isn't simply a beautiful rural space that has housed and supported creatives over many decades, it is no more than half a mile from where i was born and raised!

Studying and responding to this familar land has already been a glorious experience and i can't wait to see what works comes out of it.

During the late easter week this year, me and Mango dog did our first residency stint in the meadow at the Dove, staying the the funny little door-house and i got a very prolific in my sketchbook gatheringinformation about all the plants that were literally waking up from winter slumber before my very eyes!

Since then i have been getting printy, getting my squeegee around personal representations of the wonders of the various nature spaces at the dove, its all still very much in progress so watch this space.. this Amazing Space.

Mango Dog Drawings

Getting back into the feel of looking properly, seeing better and most importantly bonding through drawing. It's all good practise

Cutting and sticking

Because time and space and inspiration hardly ever come all at the same time.

My fellow foody art friend at Falmouth uni has reminded me of the joy of collage!

See more of Julias awsome collage work on instagram HERE

See more of Julias awsome collage work on instagram HERE

I have a new desk andmy most recent extra-curricular cooking spree for indigo herbs has shown me that chopping up and organising ingredients is not unlike chopping up stuff for collaging.

patchwork collage

RE-creating leafy patterns from printy left overs. fun quick and tasty. like a salad.

Natures' pharmacy

I just spent the last weeks of summer , stopping traffic in the industrial end of Glastonbury whilst painting this 15m mural .

inspired by, and with support from my job at Indigo Herbs, i attempted to design an effective repeat tile using images of some of my favourite superfoods and herbs to cheer up this bleak part of my town..

Once i'd decided to hide a message inside the mural, the repeat got left behind and i concentrated on my subliminal font.

A first for me to use such large lettering and a message within my work.

Super stoked to have found this space, and the time and support to paint big again as its been a while and ginko biloba is just the coolest damn leaf shape ever xx


Polyvine varnish rave review

I get asked ALL THE TIME what paints i use and it varies a lot from place to place whichever emulsions are available to colourmix. Although i am still very faithfull to many of the Dulux colours as a handful of them have become my "pallette" without realising.
 But Valspar have been very kind to me in the past and sell 250ml masonry paint colourmixed for £2.25! cant argue with that.

Another brand i cant argue with is Polyvine varnish. their waterbased emulsion varnish is available in many diy and trade stores and is so damn easy to apply with a clean roller over almost anything i paint. Here are some photos 7 years apart of an exterior south facing wall in Camden London where i have applied the ( interior!) varnish to only just beyond the painted skulls.

This is not an endorsement although sure as hell sounds like one! i was just genuinely impressed with this!