Julie Allison studied at Duncan of Jordanstone achieving her BA Honours degree in 2003. The following year she set up her workshop in Glasgow and has been selling and exhibiting her work through out the UK. She is currently based in Edinburgh at Coburg House Art Studios where she gets lots of inspiration from the beautiful Edinburgh architecture.
Julie started off designing and creating her jewellery inspired from her memories for her degree show and it has continued and developed ever since.
Julie describes her work as a quirky, narrative collection of hand drawn memories
A lot of Julie’s work tends to bring out the inner child in her wearer. The kinetic elements on her rings and bangles and refer to her childhood days with 10p mix-ups.
Julie often creates one off commissions for people who want a special memory captured in precious metal.
Techniques & Processes
All of Julie’s work is all drawn onto paper and then photo etched onto silver sheet. This process allows her to get a lot of detail onto the silver without using a machine to lazer etch it and makes it that bit more personal.
After it has been photo etched each component is sawn out by hand, filed and then formed. She sometimes then adds texture to pieces by putting them through a rolling mill with different textured paper.
After the piece is formed Julie oxidises it, which colours the metal black. The surface of the metal is then sanded away to reveal the silver with the etched lines now in black. Everything is then polished.
To add colour and interest to her work Julie uses ‘lazertran’, a transfer paper that can be applied onto metal.