I create whimsical hand stitched illustrations influenced by folklore, the countryside and sea.
My work is a reflection of the ancient messages and myths that spoke to our ancestors through the landscape and its indigenous wildlife
I welcome the reassurance that comes with the reliability of the tides and seasons, the circle of life, death and regeneration
The moon, hare and owl reflect my own struggle to fit into a new phase of life as a middle age woman as I seek to find a new identity through the symbolism of Celtic mythology
‘Fly Into My Arms’
The Welsh goddess Arianrhod is said to be able to shapeshift into a large Owl, and through her great Owl-eyes, sees into the darkness of the human subconscious and soul.
She moves with strength and purpose through the night, her wings of comfort and healing spread to give solace to those who seek her.
‘Secret Of The March Moon’
The goddess Arianrhod shares an ancient secret with a young hare by the light of the full moon
Goddess of the full moon, fertility and feminine power in Celtic myth she has three major aspects: the maiden, the mother and the crone representing the three stages in the life of a woman
The hare epitomises the symbolism and rich tapestry of beliefs associated with the Spring Equinox.
It is the archetypal symbol of femininity, associated with the lunar cycle, fertility, longevity, and rebirth.
In some lands, the hare is the messenger of the Great Goddess, moving by moonlight between the human world and the realm of the gods; in other lands he is a god himself, wily deceiver and sacred world creator rolled into one.
In Chinese folklore the hare represents the feminine power of yin and it is believed that female hares conceive through the touch of the full moon's light (without the need of impregnation by the male), or by crossing water by moonlight, or licking moonlight from a male hare’s fur.
The moon itself is the archetypal female symbol, representing the Mother Goddess connecting womb, death, rebirth, creation
In this piece the moon contains the ancient symbol of three running hares
‘Just Go With The Flow’
Tucked away in a bend in the Wyre estuary stands Skippool Creek, home to an amazing array of wildlife, abandoned boats and broken jetties and fences
Standing here it is easy to imagine being transported back in time looking at a scene that has changed very little since the 1900′s.
Whilst viewing this stark unchanging landscape I had a strong feeling of permanence and reassurance than the tide ebbed and flowed each day - a fact accepted by the wildlife whose lives were governed by it
The hare from ancient times has had divine associations. Its elusiveness and unusual behaviour, particularly at night, have reinforced its reputation as a magical creature.
The hare is a symbol of fertility in folklore as it was believed to have mystical links to the female cycle and the moon which governs it
I see the hare watching the rising tide with its creative as well as fertile potency as a link to the balance and natural cycles of life reflecting the ancient Celtic beliefs about regeneration and eternity
Creative Thread Workshops
Garstang Arts Centre
Embroidered Patchwork Cushion
Learn the art of hand patchwork at this series of classes with embroidery designer Julie Bull
Four simple patchwork blocks are embellished with hand embroidery to create an 18inch cushion cover
Julie’s embroidered patchwork designs have recently been published in Popular Patchwork magazine
Contact Linda at email@example.com for more details
Folk Art Angel Cushion
Saturday 26th October 2013
10.30am - 3.30pm
Gallery At The Wharf
Learn a range of hand stitching techniques to create this little shabby chic cushion from scraps of fabric, ribbons and threads. Create a glorious shabby chic cushion from hand dyed fabrics and threads, ribbons and buttons.
You will learn a range of hand stitching techniques including kantha stitching, appliqué, embroidery and crazy patchwork.
Materials are provided but you will also need to bring a basic hand sewing kit including a pair of small sharp scissors.
Please feel free to raid your ragbag and bring along any bits of ribbon, colourful buttons and threads to use in your cushion. Suitable for beginners.
MAXIMUM NO. OF PARTICIPANTS 10
COST PER PERSON £35 incl. materials
The workshop is run with the proviso that there are sufficient participants.
PLEASE BOOK AND PAY AT THE GALLERY
"I was captivated by Julie's stitched images of childhood.. They are so direct and expressive and immediately brought back memories. I loved them; just perfect to give to little people if I can part with them! "
"I first discovered Julie's work at the 2011 Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate. I fell in love with it immediately and knew I had to have a piece of my own. Julie made me a gorgeous appliqué picture featuring her characters Rhian & Nog which was stitch perfect and exactly how I wanted it. Can't wait to see what she makes next!"
Editor of Popular Patchwork Magazine
Craft And Design Selected Silver Award 2012
“Beautiful little gems. I am very attracted to all things Indian and can see the big influence of India in this work especially with the hands on, hand stitching,"feeling" the materials and stories being developed. I like the use of Kantha, using mainly natural scraps of often reclaimed fabric and dyed by Julie. I really enjoyed reading her answers making me feel the love and personal feeling that goes into her work. I love her use of colour.”
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