Sweet Spot: Julie Paterson

COMING SOON

Object Space is a window gallery located in the window of the ADC Offices on William Street in Darlinghurst. The exhibition space has direct street frontage, is accessible to view 24 hours a day and is lit for viewing at night.

On display from 31 January to 18 March 2020 is the exhibition Sweet Spot by Julie Paterson.

Sweet Spot is a collection of stencil symbols and the marks that they make. In this work Julie Paterson cross pollinates her multidimensional practice as a designer, painter and printmaker. The collection of symbols, originally part of landscape paintings, create a library of shapes that leap from the canvas.

Julie on Sweet Spot
I love the process and the story telling of my craft. Setting out on a new project is always an adventure. There’s pleasure in allowing the ideas and connections to form as they come, one step at a time. I’ve learned not to anticipate the outcome. It’s better to trust the journey. The cut paper stencils I’m using are ones that I created when making a new body of work last summer in the Blue Mountains for a show called Edge To Edge. The works I created were printed land and cityscapes of favourite places - some here in NSW, some in Tasmania and Scotland. I built up these artworks in layers, overprinting many times, building up a large scale image from tiny little shapes cut from paper and applied with a roller over and over, until the form felt right. Cut paper stencils have always been my favourite method to create new work for textiles - they are an immediate and intuitive was of designing.  This was the first time I had used them to create complex large scale landscapes.

I was turning my process on its head, letting my textile practice steer my art practice for a change. Turns out it was a good move. As I cut each stencil shape and applied it to the artwork, I also printed it onto a clean piece of fabric - one by one as the shapes came – to be the reference and record of the artwork as it was being made. They became a legend, a catalogue of symbols that collectively describe the landscapes. Then the joy, the surprise when I realised that, in fact, this legend, these individual stencils themselves, were the heroes of the project, rather than the artworks. I called them my Library of Shapes. 

So now a year later, I am returning to these libraries, and taking them to the next step back towards textile design. For the first time I will be repeating theses motifs, symbols, stencils and shapes to create a new body of work – a prototype group of fabrics. I’ve called this new work Sweet Spot, because as an artist and designer, this is where I find my most creative space, in that sweet spot where the two disciplines overlap.

As a part of the exhibition program, Julie will spend 18-22 February printing in the William Street window culminating in a day of workshops, listed below.

Sweet Spot Community Printmaking Workshop
You are invited to join an hour-long stencil print workshop to create a unique, collaborative textile design with Julie. 
When: Saturday 22 February, 2020
Where: Australian Design Centre
Tickets: $55, all materials included, book here

Image Top: Julie Paterson, Sweet Spot, 2019, Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Image Bottom: Julie Paterson in her studio, Photo: Courtesy of the artist