Julie Durkacz lives in Glasgow, Scotland and is a craftswoman, cabinet-maker, musician, designer and artist. Julie feels that being a creative person means, “. . .that it comes through in everything I do “.
Julie initially studied Fine Art in Dundee. In 2005 she returned to studying to gain an HND in Furniture Construction and Design, this was furthered with a Course in Furniture Fine Craftsmanship, where she studied traditional handskills and construction techniques.
Julie takes her inspiration from her surroundings, nature, wood and whatever she is reading at the time. Julie describes her work as ” A mixture of design and art. I use my woodworking and design skills to inform and build my art “.
The books have a solid oak cover* and leather spine and are hand planed and sanded by Julie to a high standard. She then oils the oak covers with Danish oil and rubs with beeswax polish.
Julie has just recently created an artists book from a log and a table to display it on. ” I made the table using only sticks and logs I have found and scavenged over the last three years. It is quite an eccentric table and has a lot of personal meaning for me connected to how I acquired the wood and what was happening in my life at the time “.
You can find out about Julie Durkacz and see more of her work, in our Ask the Artist Interview on our website.
* The timber Julie uses is from sustainable and managed woodland.