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Illumini Event 2012 Illumini will take you on a journey of Victorian hauntings, explore the dark side of a city long forgotten. Take torch light tours beneath the haunted streets of the city
Julia Bickerstaff is an award winning artist neon maker from the north of England and has exhibited globally. Julia studied art at Leeds College of Art in the 80s and also holds a degree in Engineering. Her work has been exhibited world wide, from the Glass Art Society Conference in Seattle USA to Private collections in Norway . She teachers Flame work and neon making at various locations in the UK and across Europe . She also makes neon on a commission basis for clients and for other artists looking to employ the unique quality of neon in their own work. Her work is resident at a number of private galleries in the UK . She has appeared on television and radio displaying and talking about her talents with glass and knowledge of neon.
Julia Bickerstaff's work has always centred on a unique privilege of emotional existence. Living with diversity and inner conflict provides a fodder of deep expressionism. Her work marries the art and engineering professions with grace, dignity and is pungent with feelings. Exploring the bold colours and associated expectations of the medium and combining the use of found objects and their inherent imperfections. Julia takes her inspirations from science and the wonders of the unexplained and mysterious. The work often engages subject matter with tactile deliberation; inviting further intrigue by the audience. There is a magnetic draw to her pieces. Her work involves delivering impressions of the close relationship of materials and their atomic states and often the routes of her subject.
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Above images copyright of JULIA BICKERSTAFF 2012