All posts by Julie Topsfield

I didn’t know that! 

During the research on a new body of work,  I have been looking at birch trees and their uses and had many surprises.  These are just a few of the uses I found: it is used to make Maypoles, leaves can be brewed into a tea to fight infection, in spring the sap can be […]

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Rock On with Julie Topsfield

Holidays to the Western Isles (aka The Outer Hebrides) inspired my series of wrapped rocks which are part of the EAST exhibition “Power of Stitch”. Many of the beaches have natural areas of stone of varying colours, shapes and sizes and I became more drawn to them as time went on. Another native material to […]

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Banish the grey…

At this time of year, the short days and cloudy skies can make us all feel life is very grey. Today, I found colour in my garden and it made me smile and banished the grey. I hope it makes you smile too.

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Hello

Hello – by Katrina Palmer – is part of Estuary 2021 which has artworks stretching 107 miles of the Thames Estuary Coastline. It is located on East Beach at Shoeburyness close to the M.O.D. site.  It is a large concrete form based on a sound mirror. Between the World Wars, before the invention of RADAR, parabolic sound […]

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Mildred Blount – a forgotten talent

During her research for E.A.S.T’s next exhibition (for more on that, see below), group member Julie Topsfield discovered the story of Mildred Blount (1907-1974). This is Mildred’s story, as told by Julie: Mildred was born in North Carolina in 1907. She was orphaned as an infant, and did not complete her schooling due to ill  […]

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