Monday, 2 May 2011

Have You Heard of Julie Arkell?

In my latest issue of Making Magazine a wonderful folk artist called Julie Arkell. Her work is wonderfully whimsical! I am feeling very inspired!

Julie Arkell is one of England's best recognized contemporary folk artists working in papier-mâché and mixed media. It has been said that Julie, "...cannot resist the rejected debris of everyday life.  She especially favors discarded toys for inspiration and printed textiles”.
Her work is fresh and fun. It employs domestic craft techniques, but in Julie's own distinctly personal and sophisticated way. Julie does everything by hand in her London studio using no machines! She manipulates and paints her paper-Mache figures, stuffing bodies and embroidering "clothes". She trims her creations in knitted adornments (made with the help of her Mum), curious accessories, ribbons and found objects. The result are her magically appealing "people" -- which are doll-like in their proportions -- her animals, bunnies, and objects.
I was left craving more of Julie's work after finishing reading the article in Making.
A Disturbed Lullaby.
Green Drawer. 
Wee Bunny Creature.
a warmly stitched house.
Isn't her work simply wonderful?
Julie has a book, but it appears to be out of print...I must find it!
I am now hunting for that tub of pva glue and busting out dolly pegs and fabric scraps!


  1. Her work is lovely, thanks for sharing!

  2. oh! so whimsical! thanks for sharing, I'm going to go take a peek now!

    Pepper x

    (blogger is being funyn and not letting me comment as me today, I'm


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