Julie Elizabeth Art & Design
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Hello! My name is Julie Allan and I am the artist behind Julie Elizabeth Art & Design I live with my darling hubby in sunny Rockhampton, which is situated about half way up the Queensland coastline in Australia. Much of my current work involves customizing and repainting standard store bought vinyl dolls. I also work in the area of traditional art and am currently in the final stages of completing my Dip of Graphic Design
I’ve always been creative, since as long as I can remember. I drew profusely as a child and then dabbled in various arts and crafts throughout the years whilst raising my family. Strangely enough, I’ve never been a ‘dolly’ person… I never owned Barbie’s as a child and the only doll that I ever remember and kind of liked was a big Crissy doll that Mum and Dad bought me for Christmas. I think it was her gorgeous red hair that won me over …I had long red hair too, so of course we were pals from the start!
My first real interest in working with dolls started in the early 1990’s when I took a porcelain doll making class with a friend. I loved it and eventually I bought my own kiln and taught classes of my own. I also created many cloth art dolls during that period in my life. I loved creating in porcelain and cloth but it never truly satisfied me. One day about 12 years ago, I saw a stunning repaint on Ebay by Debra of American Jezebel. This moment changed my life… I had never seen this kind of art before and I had to try it. And try it I did… one doll after another! I found what I had been looking for… a way to express my inner artist in a way that satisfied me completely! I have never looked back!
Although I am involved in other areas of creative expression, creating doll art is a very large part of my life and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. And one of the best things about what I do is getting to meet and become friends with wonderful, generous and talented people such as my fellow artists here on The Repaint Society. It is a great privilege to be a part of such a wonderful group!