I am primarily inspired by colour and the concept of light on colours. Through my work, I explore combinations of colours, shades and tones using a variety of medium. In fact it is the variety of techniques, materials and tools with which that interest me. I work with enamels and metals to create unique pieces of jewellery and figures. I work with wool to create felted pictures. I work with glass to create leaded and copper foil stained glass pictures and sun catchers.
“Silversmithing is in my blood! Like my blacksmith ancestors, I love manipulating and forming metal. I beat silver into delicate, organic shapes adding freshwater pearls with irregular characteristics and colours to create unique, highly feminine pieces.”
Julia Foggin hails from Lancashire but is now based in Shropshire where she works from her beautiful workshop and gallery called MIST in the Ironbridge Gorge. At the Maws Craft Centre, she designs and makes her distinctive hammered silver jewellery, from tiny ear studs to intricately constructed statement pieces.
As well as producing readymade pieces, she welcomes commissions, so you can choose your own colours and styles. She also oﬀers a wedding service making bespoke jewellery for brides and bridesmaids.
Julia has a degree in Graphic design. After working in the industry for several years the ‘smithing’ in her blood took root when she tried some silversmithing courses. Once trained she decided to make it her career and continues exploring and expanding her repertoire.
My work is mainly inspired by travel and nature. Landscapes, views, flowers and trees are my most common subjects. Sometimes I am inspired by a small detail – the texture of bark, a shell or an interesting leaf. More recently I am enjoying working on local landscapes, dramatic skies and beautiful views. Initially, I like to use unpredictable media such as inks and dyes. I then use a variety of techniques to add detail from drawing and painting to collage and stitch. I am especially fond of free machine embroidery and use this in much the same ways as I draw.
I’m an artist inspired by sacred geometry and the beauty of the cosmos. I use acrylic paint to create pieces of galactic artwork on clay, canvas, clothing, furniture and anything else I can get my hands on.