The Textile and Mixed Media Portfolio of Julie McIntyre
Craigdarroch Castle Drawing Room, lithography on Kozo, soft pastel, PVA glue, Grafix Dura-Lar film, millboard, wood, hinges, nails, acrylic paint (on wood)
Julie McIntyre is a Canadian artist and art advocate who works primarily in textile and mixed media. Julie’s artworks often address history and memory, borrowing aesthetics from quilting, clothes-making, and other traditionally feminine crafts.
Irving House Dining Room, lithography on Kozo, soft pastel, PVA glue, Grafix Dura-Lar film, millboard, wood, hinges, nails, acrylic paint (on wood)
I love the works in Julie’s recent series Ghost Stories. The works combine pastel and printmaking techniques, with imagery depicting the interiors of various British Columbia heritage buildings, including Craigdarroch Castle. Each work is encased in an antique-looking window frame, complete with bars over the painted surface. The effect is one of looking in at a private space, perhaps a space that one does not have permission to look into. Julie’s use of deep, shadowed earth tones in the base images lends a slightly ominous sense to the scenes.
Elsewhere in her portfolio, Julie looks at the past through a lens of photography and textile art, combining the two to make quilts reminiscent of work by Miriam Schapiro or Karenza T. Wall.