Julie Arkell is one of Englandâ€™s best recognized contemporary folk artist.Â Born in London, she studied at West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham before gaining a diploma in textiles at St Martinâ€™s School of Art.Â Julie works in papier mache, mixing vintage fabrics, scraps of poems and words she loves as well as knits and stitching to her imaginative creatures, full of wit and whimsy.Â She is inspired by books, toys, clothes, fabric, wool, the radio, walking and being on the constant look out for whatever catches her eyes.
Her work can always be seen at Contemporary Applied Arts, the Loop in London and online on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Julie Arkell.
Dictionary.com defines paper-mache as a substance made of pulped paper or paper pulp mixed with glue and other materials or of layers of paper glued and pressed together, molded when moist to form various articles, and becoming hard and strong when dry.Â The pieces shown above was created by Hariko Murata, a Japanese illustrator and paper-mache artist based in Yokohama, Japan. Her designs are ‘kawaii’, the culture of cuteness in Japan.
You can follow the artist on her website, Behance and Instagram.
Images:Â Courtesy of Hariko Murata.