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lovely brooch i like it !
Lesley x


Those are lovely! Safe. I think that's what I would have chosen for myself, too :)


How pretty! Safe is such a good word. Cat x


I love Julie Arkells work There is something about it. The way she makes quite ordinary things just look right. Look forward to the scuplture.


Welcome Back!
Glad you have returned "safely"!!!

Helen Lambert

I LOVE LOVE LOVE JULIE A...I met her once and had such a giggle infact we ended up drawing quite a crowd who joined in the banter and smut...i am afraid that I am a little smutty....we were coming up with ways of describing my ample body and decided to use fruits...the lady next to us thought we were desribing a smoothie and asked where she could buy one!!!!! I would love one of her rabbit people and I often drool over her book. I was inspired to cover all shoe boxes with La Monde after seeing her work shoe box is safe in our house...glad you are H


Oh, yes,JA, LOVE love love her work and creatvity.
I saw here beautiful work for real the other wkend when I visited Loop, and I was very surprised how substantial and heavy her creatures are, and how beautiful the details.
Can't wait to see your JA piece, v jealous that you actually own something she made!

Did you have a good time away?? I've missed not chatting to you here or by email (did get your mail the other week, I so meant to reply and kept getting sidetracked)..if you ever fancy a chat, gimme a call?!
ps who owns that gorgeous crochety chair and cat from previous post? i fell in love!


safe is good...i like that little rabbit person and the why pins...oh, i like them all!


Gorgeous. I adore Julie's work and hope to do a workshop with her this year. I regularly do Janet Bolton's workshops and they are great friends, Janet is always wearing a Julie Arkell creation.


I knew Julies work some years ago in papier mache and am just discovering her new textile work.She still retains the same sense of humour and extraordinary originality!


her work is truly amazing

Jamie Harley

I like julies work because i have only jst seen her work and i think it is amazing and colourful, enthusiasm and sincerity.

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