So if you didn’t catch it at the Australian Design Centre in Darlo or at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, you can now see Julie’s touring show at Gosford Regional Gallery. It was quite a grand opening night – lots of fanfare and a good roll up. The other exhibition opening that night is called The Gift,and that’s how it came to be that the Mayor of Gosford, Lawrie McKinna, opened From Seeds to Bloom: 20 Years of Cloth. That was a lovely surprise.
The show is a bit different this time, and it’s all because of the big space available at Gosford. This time, Julie’s caravan called Meg is there too, right inside the gallery. Meg is a 1963 Globe 12 foot caravan built in South Australia, and she’s a beauty. Julie and her trusty book-keeper and friend Karla set off from Blackheath last Thursday night and drove her down to Gosford (huge props to Karla, who is a calm and steady voice of experience). Curators Tim and Josh, Julie and Karla all gently wrangled Meg through the back entrance with a clearance of maybe ten centimetres. Tricky, but so worth it. If you’ve ever even thought about owning a vintage caravan, you should go take a look.
The other big news is that Julie is doing a two day residency at the gallery, and holding two versions of her Imperfect Workshops for the Creatively Curious. We are all born creative, but for so many of us, that instinct and drive gets crushed or sidelined somehow. Julie’s workshops help participants relax their inner critics, boost their curiosity and work their creative muscles. During her residency Julie is kicking off each day with a customised fast-and-loose one hour workshop that focusses on the benefits of cultivating a creative practice. These workshops are based on her instagram project, One a Day, where Julie makes Andy Goldsworthy style sculptures in nature. BYO smart phone.
Getting on towards the pointy end of the show, on March 21 Julie will be hosting a whole day Look Draw Print workshop, designed to guide people through her three step creative process. Still using the local environment as the starting point, participants will explore creative mindfulness, embrace chance and imperfection and by focussing on the process, make their own unique prototype textile design, directly onto fabric. Previous students report that Julie’s Look Draw Print workshops are a satisfying and sometimes mind-shifting experience.
All of Julie’s workshops have limited numbers, so if you are keen, contact the Gallery to make a booking.