Julia Clarke creating her sculpture at Kew
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Artful Autumn: Julia Clarke

Julia's willow sculptures are on display on Cedar Vista and outside the Marianne North Gallery. We asked her what materials she uses and why, what made her want to exhibit at Kew and how she feels now that her sculptures are in the Gardens.
22 September 2017
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Artist's work

Julia creates sculptures using natural materials - mainly willow, both dried and living, as well as wire, thread, paper and ceramics. Natural materials and environmental concerns are an important element of her work and the rhythm of weaving and using tactile materials is important to her process. The willow has its own character with evocative qualities. 

Julia Clarke assembling her work on site

Julia Clarke assembling her sculpture on site at Kew.

Something from nothing

Julia has always been fascinated by scale, tiny natural forms, giant abstract shapes, vessels, woven forms, seed pods and nests. She creates something from nothing, transforming the discarded, unnoticed, or unseen into something large and present.

Why Kew?

Julia grew up in West London and has visited Kew many times. She always finds it inspiring to visit, using the plants, trees, seeds and landscape as a source of inspiration for her work.

The result

Julia is relieved and excited that all the sculptures are complete. She had been weaving them all summer, and is very pleased with how they have turned out.

She is really looking forward to seeing visitors walk around the sculptures, interacting with them and the beautiful space around them.