I work with found objects that have a history using them to create assemblages, dioramas and mosaics. I try to use objects that have a certain age and history and the more unusual the better. Old worn toys in particular can suggest various scenarios / dioramas and constructions. I use and collect old glass domes and cases and use old frames as ‘containers’ for my work. I also have a love and interest in natural history, bones and taxidermy which I also use in my work. I hope to place my work in a garden and add a mysterious element to the environment.
“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 concerned with figuration and the representation of the world. This takes the form of portraits. I am interested in composition and the way that colour, line, mark and texture can be used to evoke a narrative or emotion.
I am interested in the idea that paintings can be read and that they have layers of meaning once you begin to understand the references within them. My work often makes references to art history, literature, classicism and symbolism to bring an understanding of the personality or life experience of the sitter.
I work to commission to produce portraits. The painting is produced through a client consultation process to discuss how they want to be represented. Once ideas are agreed a photo shoot is arranged and the resulting images are then used in the studio to produce the work.
Stained Glass & Metalwork for your home and garden. Stained Glass Garden Art Sculptures designed to be placed amongst the plants in the garden, all handcrafted individually so no two pieces are the same, they look beautiful as the sunlight streams through them and all panels are weatherproof.
Mixed media paintings of Bridgnorth and elsewhere.
Limited edition linoprints and illustrated gifts. Handmade in the Ironbridge Gorge.
Very Much inspired by the landscapes of Shropshire and North Wales. Recently inspired by medieval church carvings and murals. Especially angels. Currently working on a series of ‘Mischievous Angles’-WHAT FUN !!
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.
Handmade decorative ceramic ‘flower people’ sculptures.