I am a gatherer.
I’ve been a collector of industrial vintage objects and hand made tools since childhood. Growing up in rural areas, exploring abandoned barns, workshops and tool sheds, I was fascinated by the state of objects left behind. I would assemble them into tableaus and tell fictional stories to an imaginary audience. By working through a deeply intuitive process and using an organic sense of form, I integrate these objects into my sculpture and assemblage art, which has culminated in BLACKBONES, a collection of one-of-a-kind sculptural jewelry.
Whether left behind by technological advance or a dying trend, found vintage objects are given a new narrative context.
Julie Jenkinson is a British born, self-taught artist and designer living in Toronto, Canada.
BLACKBONES: Objects and sculptural jewelry for all sexes.
The BLACKBONES collection spans the divide between found object, fine art sculpture and jewelry. Working through a deeply intuitive and organic sense of form, Jenkinson creates bespoke assemblages of artisanal and salvaged industrial materials. The results are strikingly dramatic avant-garde pieces.
The visual intrigue of each piece derives from the way in which Jenkinson combines the vocabulary of indigenous and ethnic jewelry with a classic modernist sensibility. Bridging ancient and contemporary design, she creates a timelessness around each piece that is hard to place but is difficult to ignore.
Each BLACKBONES piece is irresistibly tactile, inviting you to hold and feel the beauty of their texture and explore their unique forms. Whether worn daily as a signature item or as an occasional accent piece, this collection is bound to draw attention and set the wearer apart.
BLACKBONES is Julie Jenkinson’s signature and thoroughly unique design statement expressed through jewelry and sculpture.
David Jager, art critic, Toronto Canada