WEAVETHEDREAMSTUDIO

Mixed Media Artwork; Vintage Items

Huntsville, Texas · 0 Sales

WEAVETHEDREAMSTUDIO

Mixed Media Artwork; Vintage Items

Huntsville, Texas 0 Sales On Etsy since 2017

JULIA A WALSH

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JULIA A WALSH

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The Value of God's Child

Having a way to connect with the soul has always been important to me. As a child, I scribbled with crayon inside my parent's wardrobe, which my dad made with plywood. I was given a punishment which turned out to be a betrayal of my innocence and trust. My dad was a sign painter with a troubled childhood. I remember going out to the garage to see him at work on his signs and silk screens. One of the only times he ever spoke to me was when I showed an interest in his work.
My dad's addictions caused us to lose him at the young age of 42 and my brothers and sisters and I spent time in foster homes. As a teen in the 1970's I began embroidering jeans and burlap. The very first art book I ever bought was on collage for $1.00 at a public library sale. My home life was unstable and I developed an eating disorder, anorexia/bulimia as a way to control the chaos around me. I spent two years in the late 1970's homeless and living in my car when I was led to buy and read a Children's Bible. I experienced profound loneliness and alienation as family ties had been broken and I had no one to turn to. The Bible was where I learned wisdom and discipline as well as right and wrong. Sleep was a rarity and safety was found in public libraries where I would study art books. I could not go back home as it was just as dangerous as being out on the street. I found temporary housing and some work. Art and the Grace of God saved my life many times. My creative energies began to stir. Having nothing on which to paint, I began tearing thin pieces of endpaper from my Bible. Using an old set of watercolor paints, I would express myself on those pages.
In 1981 I began working full time for the prison system in Texas. I was exposed to the crimes and the dark side of people's hearts and minds, only they were behind iron bars this time. Personal time was spent teaching myself an embroidery technique called drawn threadwork. My large pieces were chosen and published in Fiberarts Magazine and in Fiberarts Design Book IV in 1991. Embroidering The Last Supper on an altar cloth was a joint effort for a local church. I took up watercolor painting and explored this medium and became involved in local art shows. I now practice art full time and my skills include fabric collage, acrylics, mixed media, photography, transfer imagery and assemblage/collages. I maintain a blog at http://forgivingdreams.blogspot.com/

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  • Zen-Zen

    Muse

    All of the 7x5 assemblages were made in honor of my sweet boy Zen-Zen who passed on 6/25/16.

  • Julia A Walsh

    Artist

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