Costuming and Collage: Art by Julie McIntyre
Julie McIntyre is a textile artist and resident artist with the Vancouver School Board. Julie uses her chosen medium in interesting and innovative waves, combining costuming and collage to make art objects that are part sculpture, part tapestry, part photo album.
I love the way Julie weaves a narrative into each of her artworks. In older pieces, she sometimes did this by incorporating text into quilted elements, or creating imagery by arranging scraps of fabric into particular shapes, or using pieces with existing pictures sewn on.
In recent works, like her Travel Stories series, Julie utilizes photographs that are incorporated directly into the textile work. I especially enjoy the way her Collecting Stories series seems to bridge the gap between pure textile and photographic work, incorporating square elements that seem to mimic the look of printed Polaroids but upon closer inspection reveal themselves to be tiny quilted compositions.