Julie Vermeille

Julie Vermeille was born in Chantilly in 1981. She studied a BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at the London College of Printing and graduated in 2004 with a BA (hons) in Illustration from Camberwell College of Arts.

She has exhibited in London (various venues), Edinburgh (Studio One Gallery), Paris (Le Bon Marché & La Bellevilloise) and Hong Kong (Times Square).She lives in London and has been part of the Craft Central Designer network since 2007.

As well as having produced her own hand bound books, she has also worked on private commissions. She has illustrated children's stories and has contributed to magazines such as Creaturemag and The New Fairytale Magazine.
She has been published in a Fil Rouge Press book; "Fashion Maths", a Gengko press book "Merge (Emerging Talents)" and “Stitching Pictures” an A&C Black, Bloomsbuy Publishing.
  Julie Vermeille’s work is based on ink drawings. As she explains: “I like the fluidity of the medium, the surprises that come from the shapes laid on the paper; I like the idea of things happening a little by chance”.

She relies greatly on patterned fabrics, which inspire the floral elements in her images. They have the reassuring quality of childhood, as well as a powerful folkloric dimension, often having been created from the point of view of a particular culture or group of people.

Julie has also used the thread in her work, as a symbol of time, of relations between one space and another, closeness, tightness, as well as breakages and knots.
She has worked on a series of books based on fairy tales, dealing with the ambiguity of two worlds: the children’s one and the adult one. As she puts it: “[...] stories for children but with darker hidden  meanings, helping the process of growing up, if we ever have to... ”. She adds: “I am inspired by children's books because of their creativity, their freedom in shape, material, texture and format”.

Julie wishes to allow the shapes and the spaces to “breathe”, and not to overburden the viewer with guidance on how to look at the work or book. The drawings should be enough to suggest a narrative.



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