BAW21 Juliette Orton, Juliette O Designs

Inspiration takes many different forms.

A week today we will be hosting our VIP Preview evening! Bucks Art Weeks really is nearly upon us and this evening, in he next of our interviews we take a closer look at local artist Juliette Orton, her inspirations and her journey.


What are you most looking forward to about this year’s Bucks Art Weeks?

Seeing the amazing range of artists that live in the county and having the opportunity to talk to them about their work and inspiration.


What other artists exhibiting at Bucks Art Weeks are you looking forward to going to see?

So many…Laura Boswell (Japanese prints), Susan Day (Porcelain), Helen Boden at Bodenpress (prints) to name but a few.


When did you know that you wanted to become an artist?

I have always been creative and I can’t actually remember a time when I didn’t make things, I think it’s in my DNA!


How did you end up in your chosen medium?

I call myself a mixed media artist as I use a variety of techniques in my work including hand stitching, wirework, machine embroidery, painting, paper cutting, drawing, photography, paper manipulation and printing - I love them all!

My background includes doing an Art Foundation then a degree in silversmithing, jewellery & 3D Design and also teaching Textiles and Product Design to A-level at a secondary school for 15 years so lots of general creativity!


What inspires you?

The beauty that can be found in the natural world.


Who is your favourite artist of all time and why?

That is a really tricky one as I have introduced my students to such a wealth of incredible artists and designers over the years that I love for different reasons but Annemieke Mein is certainly a genius at capturing nature in textile form. I love Annemeike Mein’s wildlife observations, her artistry, her stitch techniques, her colour palette, her creative use of textiles, the three-dimensional aspect of her work……….I could go on!

Some examples of the work of Annemeike Mein


If money was no object and you could buy any piece of art that had ever existed, what would you choose and why?

Auguste Rodin’s sculpture ‘The Kiss’. It’s just so beautiful and an incredible use of marble.


Do you have any other shows planned for this year?

Not at the moment!

(Juliette O Designs work - above)


You can find out more about Juliette (artist number 264) via the Bucks Art Weeks website or by clicking here or follow her on instagram.