Julie Bailey is a British designer/maker producing studio jewellery under her brand name papermetal. She is also a fine art printmaker. She sells through independent galleries, on-line and made-to-order for private clients.
Julie Bailey trained under master jeweller Brian Newble and was sponsored by the Platinum Advisory Board. She has both Art & Design and teaching post-graduate degrees, held posts as tutor/lecturer in both FE and HE and been involved in the establishing of an Arts Council supported Open Studios Event. Julie has exhibited her jewellery and her print-work in both UK and abroad. Her early jewellery work was shown at the National Platinum Awards, New Designers and Electrum Gallery. She opened a gallery for artisan jewellery and printmaking during a brief period living and working in France.
Since returning to making full time from her studio in Lincolnshire, she now works mostly in silver, and has recently exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park MADE, Leeds Craft & Design Centre, Pyramid York and other selected Galleries. She also offers one-to-one jewellery and printmaking tuition from her home studio in Lincolnshire.
My approach to contemporary jewellery is based on a strong connection to the materials, processes and surfaces. The aesthetic derives from simplicity, economy, modesty, intimacy, and an appreciation of the integrity of natural materials and processes.
In my work as a jeweller and a printmaker my relationship with both metal and paper is nuanced by such influences as eclectic as Ikebana and Piet Oudolph, as minimal as a perfectly formed vessel and as everyday as chalky paint on a rough wall.
My personal demands for perfection and finish come from a desire to continue the traditions of good craftsmanship. I create a collection of artisan jewellery with pale silver rich surfaces, embossed with handmade papers, detailed and contrasted with darker coloured metals, all within a framework of a minimal soft geometry. I am drawn to jewellery that is effortless to wear and ageless in form.