Café Oswald’s is hosting an exhibition of original mixed media pieces by local artist Julie Coghlan this May.
The exhibition runs from April 29th until May 26th and features a range of nostalgic pieces that draw inspiration from Julie’s late father John Asquith and her Great Aunt Constance (Connie) Asquith.
Julie’s father was intrigued by the shape and nostalgia associated with milk bottles and had a collection in excess of three hundred and fifty. Connie was born in the Victorian era and was a prolific writer of postcards. Images from her cards plus items from her sewing box feature throughout Julie’s work.
Julie combines these themes using print, stitch and the assembling of fabric and paper to give a unique, abstract and highly individualized result that showcases a knowledge of pattern and texture developed through her formal training as a Surface Pattern Designer.
‘Since childhood I have always enjoyed the wonderful world of art and design, says Julie. ‘I have worked in the art and design industry ever since I qualified as a Surface Pattern Designer in the 70s, and recently my work has expanded to encompass mixed media artwork as well as more traditional textile-based artwork, which I sell from my working studio at the “Hesta Scene?” gallery in Caldbeck.’
Café Manager Joe Bowness says, ‘We are delighted to host Julie’s exhibition and hope that visitors to the café will enjoy viewing her work, which brings together a diverse range of influences and experiences to create a unique end result.’