Julia Desch

Julia Desch

UK

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Artwork 1
Prescription for Joy

Artist set up parish wildlife group during Covid and spent lockdown walking and recording species. Importance of Biodiversity in climate change and for wellbeing in times of stress combined to offer inspiration from nature (wildlife verges, meadows),  long forgotten by many and re-appreciated in 2020.  

Materials and Techniques.
Pure home produced Wensleydale Fibre, handdyed with plant dye combination of dry and wet felting techniques followed by  back sewing ..in order to retain low relief.
Artwork size in CM: Width…70 cms ……….……… Length…160cms……..……… Depth…2.4 cms

 

Artwork 2
Contemplation

This contemplative piece gives the onlooker an opportunity to “look within “ and re-connect to the higher self through contemplating the fluid nature of our existence in an abstract context instead of attempting to understand it.  Indigo shades are calming for many people. 

Materials and Techniques
Wet and dry felting techniques using pure White Wensleydale fibre and hand dyed Japanese Indigo  homegrown and hand dyed in subtle pale shades. Back sewn for additional stability and low relief.
Artwork size Width 100 cms………….……… Length…145 cms……..……… Depth…2.5cms

 

Artwork 3 
Invitation to Touch. 

Collaborative work with  Wood Artist (Mark Austin) commissioned by herself using the Tibetan Prayer  Wheel Concept of compassion practice. Designed for Adults or children, especially those with autism, dementia, anxiety or attention deficit.  The Schools Project will study the effects of using  these wheels in safe situations in schools  etc once Covid has passed with the aim of collecting feedback on the tactile and therapeutic effects of Wensleydale with its unique characteristics of softness and lustre.   The Project has already been set up in principle and 5 schools in Sussex are waiting to begin using them once funding has been applied for.   Natural oil sprays can be used as anti-microbial cleansers for the panels. (lavender, sage, eucalyptus citriodora). 

The effect of touch deprivation, especially on children, will not be  fully known or recognised  for many years. Research has already been done on primates’  responses to grooming and their stimulation of endorphins.  The importance of these rhythmic movements lie in re-connecting certain brain pathways. Many children are already sensorially deprived and have little or no animal contact in their lives.   The feedback on these trials could be valuable in understanding triggers to anxiety and how to compensate or relieve them.

Materials and Techniques.
Wet and dry felting and back sewing.
Artwork size in CM: Diameter 45cms………….……… height  65 cms ………..……… Depth……45 cms