Saturday, May 25, 2019

Flora as Fashion: Victoria Wordsworth

"Flora as Fashion: Victoria Wordsworth" 2019

This lovely Trumpet gown was photographed on location in front of the historic Smoke House in Burbank, CA. Like the Mermaid gown, it is form-fitting through the torso and hips and gradually opens out into a floor length flare. The rose bush blends nicely into Victoria's flower patterned frock.

This image, as well as 32 other embroidered portraits, will be on view in my upcoming exhibition "Home as Hat - Flora as Fashion" at MuzeuMM Gallery June 1 -22nd. The opening is next Saturday, June 1st from 7-11pm.

Julie Green
May 25, 2019

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Flora as Fashion: Emil Edinger

"Flora as Fashion: Emil Edinger" 2019

I was inspired to stitch an accessory for Double EE and Bad Business front man Emil Edinger using the linear lines of the cactus close by. I decided I wanted to accentuate his hat, coat, jeans and boots with a component that reflected their outdoor vibe. By selecting natural tones in the embroidery floss to echo wood, straw or wheat, this backpack evolved into a type of Native American burden basket.

I am delighted with the final outcome of this piece, since it deviates from the other images in this series by accentuating an accessory. This image, along with 32 other embroidered photographs will be exhibited at Muszeumm Gallery from June 1 -22nd. It will be a culmination of 4 years worth of work!

I hope you can join me for the opening on Saturday, June 1st from 7-9pm.

Julie Green
May 18, 2019

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Flora as Fashion: Pamela Hobbs

"Flora as Fashion: Pamela Hobbs" 2019

While many of my embroidered portraits are intricate and heavily stitched, this portrait of the elegant and incredibly talented Digital Matte Artist Pamela Hobbs called for a more subdued and simple stitching to compliment the intense patterns in the Op art print in her dress.

The embroidery floss is actually an ice blue. The subtlty in color and application I felt was just the right tough to this image. Although understated, I was trying to emulate a cross between a Tudor ruff and bone jewelry.

This print, along with 32 other images will be on view at Muzeumm Gallery from June 1st - June 22nd. The opening night is on June 1st from 7-9pm.

Julie Green
May 11, 2019

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Exhibition Announcement!

I am delighted to announce my first solo exhibition of embroidered photographs at Muzeumm Gallery. I hope you will be able to join me on Saturday, June 1st for the opening from 7-11pm.

An exhibition catalogue will be available to purchase at the gallery and then online once it closes.

Julie Green
May 4, 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Home as Hat: Andrea Minton Part 2

"Home as Hat: Andrea Minton" 2019

I originally started stitching this series of images with regular thread and came to the conclusion that I needed to use the thicker embroidery floss so that the colors would pop out from the background. Since I am working on an exhibition of this body of work, I decided to redo some of the earlier works that only used regular thread.

This portrait of the lovely Andrea Minton was originally shot in 2016. As you can see in the original Home as Hat: Andrea Minton, the regular thread I used was too small to have any impact on the "hat" I was trying to create. Looking at the structure of the roof in the photograph, I realized weaving the floss would mirror the asphalt shingles. I have not woven the thread before and feel that this treatment worked perfectly for this particular image.

Julie Green
April 27, 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Destination: Downtown Lemon Cove

"Destination: Downtown Lemon Cove No. 1" 2018

Not all of the destinations I photographed last year were in nature. Downtown Lemon Cove provided my eye with cement candy in the form of this abandoned 1930's Richfield gas station and what looked like a 1960's Standard Oil auto shop. Located directly across the street from each other, they were still vying for attention long after their shops had been deserted.

Found along the only road into and out of Lemon Cover in the middle of the citrus orchards, this little one horse town apparently didn't have the heart or the money to tear these relics down. I was grateful to come across these buildings that still held onto a piece of Americana in the backroads of the California Central Valley.

Julie Green
April 13, 2019

"Destination: Downtown Lemon Cove No. 2" 2018

"Destination: Downtown Lemon Cove No. 3" 2018

"Destination: Downtown Lemon Cove No. 4" 2018

"Destination: Downtown Lemon Cove No. 5" 2018

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Destination: Lemon Cove Orchards

"Destination: Lemon Cove Orchards No. 1" 2018

Citrus groves in central California should replace the bear on our state flag. They have played a larger role in our economy and are a quintessential symbol of our abundance and a direct product of the sun our state is known for. After visiting the Sequoia's we drove through the lovely little town of Lemon Cove in the San Joaquin Valley. With a population of 308 people and over a billion oranges and lemons, the citrus definitely outnumber the humans.

This picturesque stretch of California reminded me once again what our state must have looked like 100 years ago. Dirt roads lead to old Victorian ranches and barns surrounded by century old King Palm trees shading them from the hot central valley sun. The unending cycle of seasons, planting, growth and harvesting had carved a well worn path that dominated this farming culture. You could feel the balance of both knowing what to expect and hard work rewarded with the sounds and the smells of this simple town.

I could see myself living in a small town like this, away from the pace and hurried life we live in the city. I could get used to smelling orange and lemon flowers float on the air and the sound of the honey bee zipping by, the only thing in a hurry to get to work. I can taste the tart juice of the warm citrus on my tongue while I watch the world go by. 

Some day...

Julie Green
April 6, 2019

"Destination: Lemon Cove Orchards No. 2" 2018

"Destination: Lemon Cove Orchards No. 3" 2018

"Destination: Lemon Cove Orchards No. 4" 2018

"Destination: Lemon Cove Orchards No. 5" 2018

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Destination: Grant's Grove

"Destination: Grants Grove No. 1" 2018

General Grant Gove, a section of the greater Kings Canyon National Park, was established by the US Congress in 1890 and is located in Fresno County, California. The primary attraction of General Grant Grove is the giant sequoia trees that populate the grove. General Grant Grove's most well-known tree is the General Grant Tree, which is 267 feet tall and the third largest known tree in the world. The General Grant Tree is over 1,500 years old and is known as the United States's national Christmas Tree. General Grant Grove consists of 154 acres and is geographically isolated from the rest of Kings Canyon National Park.

One cannot go into the trees without coming out humbled...

Julie Green
March 30, 2018

"Destination: Grants Grove No. 2" 2018

"Destination: Grants Grove No. 3" 2018

"Destination: Grants Grove No. 4" 2018

"Destination: Grants Grove No. 5" 2018

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Destination: Badger

“Destination: Badger No. 1” 2018

On a trip to Sequoia National Park last year, we drove through a small town called Badger where time felt as though it had stopped. Old barns, small wooden huts and hay shelters dotted the hillside and captured my imagination. Oak trees crowded out the sky and their twisted branches added to the timelessness of the place. In the middle of the day it felt like dusk. With a population of 140 people in this Tulare County community, I felt as though I had been whisked through a wormhole and dropped into the middle of the United States back in the 30's.

The old wooden planks had a slight sheen of moss growing on the shaded side of each structure and their rooves were made from sheets of corrugated tin. I can only imagine what it would sound like during a storm. I grew up with old barns like this out in the undisturbed fields behind our track homes. I was always intrigued by their man made walls sagging from the weight of time and seasons. They stood as a testament to the hard work and humble beginning of the farmers and cattle folk who worked the land before my eyes in an era that was before my time.

Julie Green
March 23, 2019

“Destination: Badger No. 2” 2018

“Destination: Badger No. 3” 2018

“Destination: Badger No. 4” 2018

“Destination: Badger No. 5” 2018

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Destination: Pine Mountain Club

"Destination: Pine Mountain Club No. 1" 2018

Last November we took a trip up the Grapevine during a storm and ended up seeing the most dazzling display of nature in the San Emigdio Mountain community of Pine Mountain Club. I have driven past the small towns dotting the sides of the road through the Tejon Pass a million times but have rarely stopped except for gas. It was time to take a closer look, so we chose a town deep in the woods to explore.

On our way to our local destination, I imagined that the local population was like other mountain communities, close knit and hard working with the punctuation of vistiors occasionally being seen in town. I quickly felt as though we had driven to another state. Nature ruled and the effects of humanity were less apparent. The curling smoke from a chimney could be seen in the depths of the pine valley and the road was the only guide that lead us deeper into Bear country.

This series of photographs were taken directly from my passenger seat. The intermittent rain made for a lovely textured screen that separated me from the elements and refracted the mountain town we were driving through. I was intrigued by the somber winter colors of dark rust and deep emerald greens. These images are a hush or a melancholy poem. They speak to me about the power of nature and moments of reflection during the darkest hours of winter.

Julie Green
March 16, 2019

"Destination: Pine Mountain Club No. 2" 2018

"Destination: Pine Mountain Club No. 3" 2018

"Destination: Pine Mountain Club No. 4" 2018

"Destination: Pine Mountain Club No. 5" 2018