Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"First Snow" in Art Doll Quarterly 2012























I am delighted that my piece "First Snow" http://juliebranch.blogspot.com/2010/10/first-snow.html is included in the Winter 2012 issue of Art Doll Quarterly. I think that Art Doll Quarterly is the only publication in the United States that focuses exclusively on art dolls which makes it a real treasure. It just so happens that it's release coincides with our first snowfall of the season which we had just a few days ago.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Orianna

This is Orianna with her goldfinches. This time of year in Upstate New York the goldfinches are busy eating seeds. They especially like to land on the delicate cosmos in my garden. The long slender stem bends gracefully down as they sidle out to the flower head. It is fun to watch their bursts of yellow coming up out of the fields of purple asters and goldenrod.
Orianna's colors were inspired by the rich colors of our fall landscape.

Finn

This is Finn on his swing.  He hangs from the ceiling or anywhere else.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sophie


This is Sophie, inspired by Roald Dahl's wonderful character from his book The BFG (Big Friendly Giant). My children loved Roald Dahl's books so this is my tribute to Mr. Dahl and his incredible contribution to childrens' literature. Thank you to Quentin Blake for his amazing illustrations and Stuart Fiedler for the great photograph!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Shadowbox Vignettes for Time Illuminated Show

The theme for this group show was time or light. I started thinking about "time" and all the sayings we have about it  and these are the results. Each one  has a working clock in it. The first and last are about 6" x 9" and the middle box is about 7" x 10".



Caption: "Cornelia was at that time in her life when she had finally decided to have the time of her life."



Caption:  "Once Upon a Time"

  

Back view of "Once Upon a Time."




Caption: "Daisy often found, despite her best efforts, that she was running out of thyme"



Back view of "Thyme" (collage of pages from a 1930's recipe book).

Friday, August 26, 2011

Anna House Benefit Piece

This is a shadowbox that I made to benefit the Belmont Child Care Association's Anna House. Anna House is a child care center for the children of the backstretch workers in Belmont Park. Every year they have a benefit gala in Saratoga Springs with a silent auction of donated items. I was honored to be asked to participate and had fun making this little stable scene full of Saratoga references. The outside of the box is covered in the names of horse, jockeys and trainers from the different races duing the 2011 meet.  The box has a working clock and is captioned "It's not who you are that counts, it's how you treat your horse."

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wooly Bears


What's better than one wooly bear?
















A trio of wooly bears! These furry fellows fit nicely in the palm of your hand and can be curled to fit into that perfect little spot.



Friday, July 22, 2011

The Birthday Box


What could be inside this little box? Open it and find out!


























Wednesday, June 1, 2011

"For Pele: Playing With Fire" Wins People's Choice Award

I am so pleased to share that Pele won the People's Choice Award at the show in Minnesota:

"For Pele: Playing With Fire" by Julie Branch of Rottedam, NY won the People's Choice Award for the "Figuratively Fiber" exhibition of art dolls. There were lots of votes and our guests had many favorites.  Thanks to all the artists who shared their work and to Richard and Jodi Creager, the jurors, who selected such a great diversity of art dolls for the Textile Center to Exhibit.  "For Pele: Playing with Fire" was purchased and is now a part of a couple's fiber art collection."
from
Textiles on the Town
Textile Center of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
http://juliebranch.blogspot.com/2010_07_01_archive.html

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Piece for Hubbard Hall Benefit


Hubbard Hall is a rural opera house in the lovely town of Cambridge, NY.   It was built in 1878 and is the home to Valley Artisans Market,  the Village Store and a variety of art, music, drama and dance groups, classes and events. It is supported in large part by the generosity of patrons. Every April they have a benefit and art sale. Artists are given a 6" x 8" board to do with as they please. All work is priced at $133 in honor of Hubbard Hall's 133rd anniversary.
Here is my donation for the April 30th event. It is captioned : 
"After the show Mr. H. Hubbard Hall enjoyed relaxing at home with Gilbert and Sullivan" 



I added sides to my board and covered it with old Gilbert and Sullivan sheet music. The walls are adorned with posters from the Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, and HMS Pinafore.  There is a picture of the actual Hubbard Hall on the fireplace mantle. The playbill from that night's show, the HMS Pinafore, rests in the silver tray along with his opera glasses. There is a real working clock over the fireplace.  Mr. H. Hubbard Hall's smoking jacket is made from a vintage silk bow tie. And yes, those are lobsters.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Story For a Mouse


As a lover of great stories, mice and those wonderful times when you can sink into a good book and enter another world, I offer this piece up to authors everywhere. Thank you for doing the painstaking work of crafting a good story that we can savor alone or share with a good friend.
This little girl wears a hand felted beret and knit sweater and is sculpted of paperclay that is finished with acrylic and oil paints.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

No More Empty Nest: Nestling II

Continuing with the theme of the empty nest, this nestling joins Nestling I.  The nest is woven of a variety of fibers including hand dyed wool, raffia, fabric strips and yarn. 



Saturday, February 26, 2011

"Figuratively Fiber" Exhibit at the Textile Center of Minnesota

I am excited that "For Pele: Playing With Fire" has been selected to be in this exhibit in the Joan Mondale Gallery at the Textile Center of Minnesota!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Nestling

Long winter snowshoe treks in the woods, empty nests piled high with snow and my own empty nest inspired this piece.  This nest is woven on a birch branch using a variety of yarns, Icelandic sheep wool, and raffia.
  


Inside is nestled a little girl. I think of a nest as a haven and refuge, just as art is a haven and refuge.