Julie Arkell: Papier-mâché figures

Blackfriars Settlement group

Julie Arkell is one of England’s best known contemporary folk artists. She works with papier-mâché and mixed media, incorporating materials available around the home such as 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.

Her work captures the fragility and uncertainty of life. She is inspired by the precious objects left behind and by the discarded fragments of everyday life. By using snippets of text with objects that already have an emotional history, Julie keeps their sentiment alive and gives them new vitality: bringing past and present together.

Julie Arkell's figures

Figures created during the workshops




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