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Julie de Bastion
, UK

Catching Dreamtales
A Child's Journey in Prose and Pictures A limited edition of 20 individually hand made books Hard cover with fabric and ribbon bindings 15 illustrations Vellum paper 160gsm
24cm x 26cm x 4cm


The Gypsy Princess
15 hand made bound copies, 11 colour plates, original illustrations, story/text/poems by Julie de Bastion
9" x 13"


Precious Decay
hard cover bound, with illustrated prose/poetry, with monoptype prints, fabric, ribbons,silk, tree bark, and collage
recently shown in the UK at the Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum,Warwickshire.
10 x 11 x 1 in


The Gypsy Princess is a modern day fairytale. Written and illustrated by artist Julie de Bastion, the story is about a young girl who lives in a wood with her two ravens as her companions and weaves tapestries which illuminate the longings of the heart.

"CATCHING DREAMTALES" A Childs Journey in Prose and Pictures
A child finds a little mirror hidden on a muddy pathway and so begins a quest for the deepest question
"who am I?"
He question takes her on a spirited journey to places which are actual haunts of the artist's own childhood memories and places which were special "where magic happens"
and the veil of reality grows thin
This book is not only for children but for those of us who still connect to the magic of childhood

"Precious Decay" ; A Montage of Illustrated Poetry
This handmade book by Julie de Bastion has utilised upholstery fabric swatches, poetry, monoprints,drawings and collages, to form a self portrait montage of personal experience. The contents are random collections from the refuse of an introspective life.
Occasional insights, unfinished beginnings, fragments, lone titles, and memories are conjoined in unexpected synergies.
The fabric swatches conceal poems, and represent a psychological transference into pattern and texture, of unmanageable impulses and emotions from childhood experiences.

Julie de Bastion was born in Stratford upon Avon in 1948 of Hungarian parentage. She studied at the Central School of Art London. In 1973, she relocated to the United States, where she obtained a First Class Honors degree (summa cum laude) in painting and printmaking at the F.I.T. in New York City and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1983. In 1984, she was one of the first to win a scholarship to the Johnson Studio School (now the Johnson Centre) in Vermont. In 1989, she returned to the U.K. and continues to work as an artist and educator. Her work has been shown internationally and throughout the U.K.

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