Golden Gromit, Aardman Animations

Golden Gromit, Aardman Animations

In 2013 I was selected from more than 500 International artists to individually create a sculpture of the popular Wallace and Gromit character for Aardman Animations. 70 sculpture designs were chosen, many by well known artists including Raymond Briggs, Axel Scheffler, Sir Peter Blake, and Pauls Smith to name but a few.

My design was inspired by the golden Buddhas in Thailand and also the 2012 Olympics when post boxes were painted in gold in the hometowns of medal winning athletes. I wanted to create something highly decorative with a prestigious feel and there’s something special about the colour gold! Mosaic is a tactile medium, I wanted to encourage people’s instincts to touch the work and explore the detail and sense of movement. I used over 10,000 pieces of mosaic pieces and 3 different types of gold coloured glass to create an abstract design with pattern and movement. There are 1000 pieces alone in the gold mirror studded collar!

Golden Gromit was in situ outside the Victoria Rooms in Bristol for 10 weeks, was used on the cover of the official marketing brochures and went onto sell at auction for £30,000 raising funds for the Grand Appeal Charity, Bristol children’s hospital.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-nottinghamshire-22798636

Anstey Parish Council

Anstey Parish Council

Commissioned by Anstey Parish Council this mosaic leaf sculpture will be installed in the surrounding area of the Groby Road David Wilson Homes development, Leicestershire. The abstract design was inspired by the surrounding area of Charnwood forest and is made up of 12 different shades of green glass to create pattern and movement. 

Residents in the area were invited to a public consultation and mosaic workshop where different design ideas were presented before deciding on the leaf sculpture. As many of the street names in the development are named after soldiers from the first World War it was also decided that a mosaic poppy in the form of a paving slab would sit at the base of the sculpture as a tribute.  The public artwork will soon be landscaped into an area on the village green – just the stem of the leaf will stand 6ft above ground (the image shows the metal work which will be cemented below ground for stability)

Royal Robin Redbreast – Hoodwinked

Royal Robin Redbreast – Hoodwinked

Commissioned by Nottingham City Council for the Nottingham Hoodwinked public art trail 2018. My design ‘Royal Robin Redbreast, sponsored by Castle Rock Brewery was inspired by the heritage of royalty at Nottingham Castle. William The Conqueror first built the castle in 1067 and Royal residents have included Henry II and Richard The Lionheart. I wanted to create a Robin with a rich, regal feel with golden wings, a jewelled Robin Hood style crown and quiver of golden arrows. Every Robin has an individual red breast so I wanted a lot of the detail to go into this area. I worked entirely freehand creating lots of swirls and patterns in different shades of red glass to create the effect.

The sculpture took over 200 hours to complete placing more than 10,000 individual pieces of mosaic.  It was voted the most popular sculpture on the trail and went onto raise the highest bid at auction for Nottinghamshire Hospice.

“We’re really excited for people to see this beautiful mosaic robin as part of the Hoodwinked trail. Our congratulations and thanks go to Julie who has worked painstakingly on it for months, from the planning stages to hand-cutting pieces of mosaic and getting every detail right. It’s a stunning, colourful and intricate sculpture and we know it’ll look amazing outside Nottingham railway station” Lewis Townsend, Head of Marketing Castle Rock

Rocket Round Leicester

Rocket Round Leicester

Loros Hospice commissioned me to create one of the ‘hero’ sculptures for ‘Rocket round Leicester’ – a 10-week public art trail which will take place across the city of Leicester during the summer of 2021.

Stardust was inspired by Leicester’s heritage of space expertise. It is made entirely out of glass which is hand cut to create a sense of movement of particles and cosmic dust floating through space. I like to work in an abstract style and chose a reflective colour palette of white and silver to create the magical shimmer and sparkle of stars. The 8 ft rocket sculpture took 3 months to complete and I worked on it during the 2020 lockdown. Fortunately, I have a home studio!

“We first became aware of Julie’s beautiful designs through our event partner, Wild in Art. Julie’s work had jumped out to us from the pages of other sculpture trail catalogues and we just knew that she was the artist for us! Stardust is one of two Hero Rockets commissioned to be the flagships for the promotion of Rocket Round Leicester, a 10-week sculpture trail in summer 2021. ‘Stardust’ is everything we hoped it would be – visually stunning and a totally inspiring design. Thankyou Julie!” Louise Lowman, Loros Hospice

David Wilson Homes

David Wilson Homes

Public art commissioned by David Wilson Homes for a new housing development ‘The Millstones’ in Queniborough, Leicestershire.  The artwork consists of a glass mosaic millstone wheel sculpture designed in the style of a colour wheel.  I worked with local stone sculptor Graeme Mitcheson to position the wheel on a natural stone plinth with a swirl of green mosaic flowing down.  There are a series of 5 large stone boulders, each piece weighing around two tonnes framing the pathway through the development.  The glass mosaic continues through the stonework ending with a final swirl of gold. The central area of the millstone wheel frames a view of the church steeple in one direction and the stone boulders and housing in the other.

Before designing the artwork I worked closely with the developers to host a public consultation workshop where members of the WI, local history groups and pupils at the sixth form college were invited to make a small mosaic of their own whilst discussing what type of artwork they would like to see.

Jason Hearn, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said:

“The sculptures installed at our Queniborough development have been designed with the local area in mind, which is a fantastic way to reflect such a sought after area of Leicestershire.

“We wanted to choose something that would complement the area’s surroundings and thought this would be a great way to enhance our development.

“Thanks to the hard work of Julie, the residents at The Millstones now have these amazing and inspirational pieces of art to enjoy for a very long time.”

https://www.lovebusinesseastmidlands.com/love-business-news/2017/10/03/home-is-where-the-art-is-at-the-millstones/