My name is Josie Russell, and I am a freelance textile artist based in beautiful Gwynedd, North Wales where I am currently available for commission. I hope you find my website informative and enlightening. Should you have any questions or queries about my work, please feel free to email me.
My deep-rooted passion for art and design began when I was very young, and carries on to the present day. In order to define and improve upon the early enthusiasm I felt for arts and crafts as a child, I studied hard to successfully achieve a BA in Graphic Design. I also attained a distinction during my National Diploma in Art and Design which I gained from my local college, and during that time, I also attended a variety of non-curriculum creative courses and workshops. During my period of study, I covered a wide range of artistic forms and techniques, each of which has found their way into all aspects of my creative work. Besides my love of design, I have many other hobbies and interests which directly influence both the way in which I work and the end result.
I am a devoted animal-lover and care deeply for nature in all its forms. As an ambassador for the Born Free Foundation, I am only too proud to promote awareness of animal welfare wherever possible.
When I am not working on art and craft projects I can usually be found outdoors - be that in my garden, or else walking through the beautiful hills of the Snowdonia National Park. I feel a deep connection with the countryside, so perhaps it is no surprise that the un spoilt mountains, flora and fauna of North Wales form the present basis for most of my creative work.
By a natural extension of this (pardon the pun), I am very concerned about current ecological issues, and strive to keep my environmental impact to a minimum. I became aware very early on that beautiful, unique artwork does not have to cost hundreds of pounds to create or cause a detriment to our surroundings. Only the bare minimum of my required materials are bought new - canvasses, certain threads, or spare parts for my sewing machine. The rest - frames, buttons, beads, ribbons, and off-cuts of strange, striking fabrics - are sourced from extensive rummaging in my local charity shops, recycled from my own clothes, or else kindly donated by generous family and friends. This means that the bulk of my expenditure, when it arises, eventually finds its way back to charity, rather than large manufacturing corporations... and it saves a great deal of resources in the process!
On a smaller scale, and similar note, being avidly interested in fashion, I find great pleasure in dressmaking, customising garments, and making one-off accessories. People are quick to discard old items when they can be tweaked and altered to become something fresh and different. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a bundle of old clothes being imaginatively re-worked into something which may be enjoyed by people for years to come, whether it's a wall-hanging, cushion cover, dress, brooch, bag or earrings... and of course, my long searches for "new" old materials gives me the chance to indulge in any girl's favourite pastime... shopping