Juliet was born in 1971 in Sunderland. Growing up, she divided time between the North East, East Sussex and Florence, before settling in London to study at Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design where she graduated in 1994 with a BA Honours degree in Fashion and Printed Textile Design. She is now based in the South East of England, living in London but escaping to the countryside whenever possible.
Since graduating, Juliet has worked as a freelance fashion designer and artist, interjected with corporate stints in the City. Her early work blurred the boundaries between design and fine art / 2-d and 3-d disciplines. Currently, Juliet’s preferred medium is painting; incorporating photography, digital illustration and printmaking. Her multi-disciplinary approach stems from her art school background, where she was part of the last generation to study in a totally analogue, pre-digital era. A fan of innovation, Juliet has embraced the digital era, with skills in Photoshop, Illustrator and other Creative Suite applications all self-taught (with 20 years experience amassed so far).
Humour is an important and unifying element of Juliet’s work, combined with a prevailing theme of nudity and sex, presented in a slightly tongue-in-cheek, seaside postcard manner. Underpinning these themes is a deeper exploration of the depiction of the body itself, originally introduced in Juliet’s graduation show. The final year fashion collection explored themes of nudity and the act of the gaze (albeit from the perspective of aliens from outer space). The accompanying catwalk show presented more as fine art than couture, with exaggerated masks and body parts placed upon fashion models parading heavily textural and sculptural garments. Fabrics were printed, painted and manipulated to mimic B-movie alien akin. The collection was well received in the press, featuring in several national papers and on television. Accompanying the collection was a thesis entitled the Aesthetics of Pornography in Contemporary Culture.
In 2018 Juliet has been focussing on painting, experimenting with manipulating digital illustration effects applied to traditional painting techniques. Two of her paintings, Hot Pants (Replication II) and the Garden of Venus, were chosen to hang in Grayson Perry’s Yellow Room as part of the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. She also had work selected for the 2018 Secret-7” exhibition, which went on to be printed as part of limited edition record covers for the band the Manic Street Preachers.
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