still on the pyramids by Julie Walker

new medium: kiln-glass by Julie Walker

after working in the commercial screenprinting world for a few years, I decided I needed to do something a little more creatively challenging. I was lucky enough to find a glass studio willing to teach me all the things and then have me teach other people! I hit the art job jackpot! At least in my eyes. This past year I've been soaking in a new medium and my whole artistic world has been changed. I'm still feeling very experimental right now but look out for new stuff soon <3

Enjoy some works in progress (WIP)

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Prop Design by Julie Walker

I was given the glorious opportunity to make props for an immersive theatrical production...

Picture this: Pie2K is coming to destroy the world so we must cook up a super hero to save us all! Who better than the Pie Savage? Only a live action comic book style battle will do!

Pieces made included:

Word bubble signs saying "AHHHH!" "POW!" & "NOM"

Laser gun, with laser "bullets" and a storm of angry cupcakes

Giant whisk and rolling pin, Pie2K himself in 2 forms (kite & puppet), earth and moon

+ more pics coming soon!

 

J-Tree by Julie Walker

Joshua Tree National Park, and the surrounding area, is a magical place. It helps me to recharge and connect with one of the most bountiful deserts I have ever experienced. If you think the desert is nothing but sand, this place will change your mind!


These images are from our past two trips down there... the most recent time we stayed within the park right after the first spring bloom. The plant life was magnificent! The other trip was just outside the park in the beginning of winter. We slept in a bus as a storm rolled though.

silly pillows by Julie Walker

so many possibilities! pillows can be any shape and are a great way to showcase hand printed fabric. here is a sampeling of pillows I have made:

the more I read about Georgia O'Keeffe the more I think she's my soul sister by Julie Walker

I've been reading a very beat-up biography that I found in our local community book exchange:

Reading the way she thought about things, especially as she was developing as an artist in her 20s to 30s (my rough age range) has been really inspiring for me and has made me want to paint again. It isn't that I don't paint, I just use so many other mediums (printmaking, sewing, sculpture, etc.). So I don't usually express myself with paint. But now I'm at it again. You shall soon see :)

 

work in progress #wip

work in progress #wip

She had such a beautiful sense of color. And a clear love for nature. Things I cherish both <3

Recently went to the De Young museum in SF where they have one of her Petunias paintings. Her brushwork is incredible!

Recently went to the De Young museum in SF where they have one of her Petunias paintings. Her brushwork is incredible!

I'm mostly looking at her landscapes in relation to what I'm painting. Thinking of a landscape like a weaving texture in a blanket - like a serape is the source imagery for the current triptych of paintings that I am doing...

hangings and penants by Julie Walker

turning prints into wall hangings + having fun with shapes and colors

Indigenous land by Julie Walker

Land we live on has been taken, we are not indigenous.

Living in Oakland I see these signs everywhere, this is the medicine wheel. I collect photos every time I see one and think about Native Americans who live here.

A lot of these have been painted over but the ones that remain are there for only those who know how to find them. If you know more I'd love to hear from you!

Photographs from Oakland and San Francisco, March 2015 - present

New Things Coming Soon by Julie Walker

Soooo I've been bad. I'll admit it. I haven't updated my official artistic web presence in over a year BUT 2016 is going to be filled with lots of MAJOR AWESOME things! So tune in or stay tuned or whatever people do these days.

Here's a peak of what I'm working on:

2 x 4" lino mounted block prints:

whale in a bottle

whale in a bottle

Mow

Mow

Outdoor Adventures:

 

Festi-parties

And kitties!!!!

Fall Collection Finale by Julie Walker

Here is the rest of the Fall collection. It's time to finish off Fall and make room for Winter!

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leather and stone bib necklace

Beetle wing and chain fish hook earrings

^ Bracelet gallery. Please click picture above to see more!

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Statement bib necklace: leather, wood, metal, glass

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Statement bib necklace: bone, stone, glass, metal, leather, silk

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Laser cut wood claw earrings

Burner Costumes by Julie Walker

Not all were documented but since we worked so hard on them I figured I'd show you what I got!

half skeleton

half skeleton

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Matt's a fungi

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Rouge

Psychedelic Shaman

Psychedelic Shaman

Ringmaster

Ringmaster

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Dollface

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My personal favorite- The white warrior

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we're dusty and we don't care!

The All American Roadtrip part 1 by Julie Walker

This summer I faced the challenge of moving from Chicago back to my original stomping grounds in the Bay Area of California. When I moved to Chicago I flew there with 4 suitcases, which is pretty remarkable considering I am an artist requiring many supplies and tools, not to mention my need for a fun wardrobe. This was actually a refreshing start because it allowed me to build new collections and decorations. By the time I was done there was no way 4 suitcases was going to cut it. Luckily my life partner, Matt had moved out with his truck and the roadtrip was born.

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As most plans go, we started out being overly ambitious and indecisive. The hardest part was picking whether to go north or south in our route. There are so many things we want to see in both areas but we finally settled on the north. I will spare you the details of what else was involved in our decision making processes but in essence: We had a limited amount of time and a lot of stuff to fit in the back of the pick up truck and we hit the road 2 days behind schedule.

But we had an amazing time and did a lot of stuff! Here is our brief itinerary and some highlights:

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Day 1:

Wisconsin- House on a Rock! Words can not describe how wonderful this place is!

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Day 2:

Minnesota- Caves and skyways!

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Day 3:

South Dakota-mostly driving

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Day 4:

South Dakota- exploring The Badlands and Walldrug :D

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Day 5:

Wyoming- Black Hills cave, Devil's Tower

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Day 6:

Wyoming- Yellowstone geysers

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Day 7:

Wyoming- Jackson Hole and the Tetons

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Day 8:

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho- Craters of the Moon

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Day 9:

Idaho- worst ghost town ever!

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Day 10:

Oregon- Crater lake

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Day 11:

California- journey to the center of the bay

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No more school! by Julie Walker

I can not believe it I am finally done with school! Don't get me wrong, I love school, but its time for something new. My college career has been quite a journey from journalism at San Francisco State, to figuring things out at Santa Barbara City College, and finally getting my BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A lot of art school graduates feel artistic stagnation after graduating but I am experiencing quite the opposite. My living room looks like an artistic bomb has gone off as I am free to pursue whatever projects I want. FINALLY!

I am not ashamed

I am not ashamed


I can still do printmaking without a studio! Good thing relief is my favorite :)

I can still do printmaking without a studio! Good thing relief is my favorite :)

fabrics!

fabrics!

Zarina - Paper like skin by Julie Walker

There was this great show at the Art Institute last fall by an Indian born artist who goes by Zarina. Her pieces were beautifully quite poetic moments using somewhat simple materials. She worked mostly in printmaking and sculpture. The show was organized by the Hammer museum as a retrospective.

Its hard to pick a favorite because there were so many diversely different pieces that captured their own bit of greatness. As is to be expected most photographs don't do the work justice but some of the detail doesn't come through in a photograph at all. There was a series of works on laminated paper that she meditatively poked with a needle over and over in an organized way. Another piece was a piece of paper completely covered in crushed obsidian creating a dark void with an eye-catching sparkle.

 

http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/zarina-paper-skin

http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/zarina-paper-skin

http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/zarina-paper-skin

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http://www.laprintmakers.com/site/sites/default/files/u3/images/Zarina1.jpg