Julie Cockburn takes found photographs and adds colour and energy through collage or embroidery.
Cockburn trawls eBay, flea markets and car boot sales for discarded photography, which she embroiders in a variety of styles: vibrant geometric patterns, wild freeform stitching, and a cut-up-and-reassemble technique using Photoshop to transform faces into kaleidoscopic collages.
Cockburn trained as a sculptor at London's Central St Martins, where she was encouraged to dig around in the city’s skips for materials. It sparked a love affair with found objects and imagery that persists in the artist’s work today.
I find the embroidered blocks of colour, shapes, geometric patterns and movement hypnotising. They completely transform an identifiable object giving it a new life. Cockburn describes her process as very meticulous but there still feels like there is a touch of the experimental about the work, many of the images appears to have random lines, strokes like someone doodling on a pad. The work is so meticulous that it can not be this free but the success of these pieces is that they still feel vibrant and fresh.