Julie Arkell


I like to work with materials available around the home. Newspapers, glue, fabric, wool, cardboard, wire and various bits and pieces. The paper and glue is moulded into figures, trees and animals on a structure made from cardboard, and covered with layers of paper and glue. Collecting things is an important part of my work. I look for postcards, plastic dolls (that I take apart and rearrange) old books, aprons, fabric, buttons, jewellery, used toys and much more that captures my attention. Iím constantly writing down words and phrases and thinking up stories for the world I make.

Born 1955, London

Education 
1974-1977
 West Surrey College of Art and Design, BA (Hons) Textiles
1977-1978  St Martins School of Art, BA Fashion Textiles
1999  Crafts Council of Selected Makers

Recent exhibitions
2010
  Smile, The Gallery, Ruthin Craft Centre
Loop, Camden Passage, London
For The Love of Thread, The Luilt Show, Nantes, France
The Creature Show, Touchstones, Rochdale
2009  Embodiment, Llantarnum Grange Arts Centre, Cumbria
2008  Making Up Stories. A Christmas Fantasy. Flow Gallery London
Window for Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
2008  Showcase for Liberty, London
2007  The Knitting and Stitching Show, UK
2006  Oriel Davis Gallery (mixed show) touring
MADE, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (mixed show)
2006  Touchstones, Rochdale
Liverpool Bluecoat Display
2004  Home, The Gallery Ruthin Craft Centre, Solo Show
Small Collections of Things, The Jelly Legíd Chicken Arts Gallery, Reading (solo show)
2003  Recollection, City Arts Gallery, Leeds
Celebrating Education, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2002  Julie Arkell and Susie Freeman (two person show), Contemporary Applied Arts, London
1998-09 Kunstlerisches Spielzeug, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany
Craft Lew, Hamburg, Germany
1995-06  New York International Gift Fair, New York, USA

Permanent Collections
Evelina Childrenís Hospital
Touchstones, Rochdale

Commissions
2005
 Evelina Childrenís Hospital

Workshops
2010
  Elvis and Hope, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire
2010  Sally Bourne Interiors, London
2008-10  West Dean College
2008-10  Les Soeurs Anglaises, France
2008-10  Cowslip Workshops, Cornwall
2006-10  Loop, London
2001-10  Marlborough College Summer School

Exhibitions

Archive

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