JULIE POULSEN | 'Machans Inlet' | Cairns Made: Satchel Handbags

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JULIE POULSEN is a contemporary visual artist who lives and works in her studio north of Cairns. Julie’s ongoing quest is for new visual narratives. With her touch- elements of the everyday take on a life of their own, testaments to her delightfully unpredictable style.

From the 'Coastal' series: "The landscape of Far North Queensland is both contemplative and provocative, to stand in a particular space is to acknowledge its individual sentiments. There is often serenity but seldom utter silence. It is the presence of birds within the landscape that teases inspiration. The beginning of 2000 was a shift in focus from easel painting and return to a process started in Art College; the assemblage of paintings through stitching. These signature works required a disproportionate amount of combinable canvas and calico, all decorated with distinctive marks and surface treatment of cunningly conforming patterns, colours and imagery. This abundance of fabric guaranteed a surplus of useable remnants. 21 years later and these classic offcuts from different series including Menu Boards, Chalk Boards, Aeroplane Jelly, Landscape and figurative works come out of storage to be given a new life as quintessential bags."  Julie Poulsen

Note from the artist:

The bag you have chosen is a one-off.

Each bag is made from painting remnants weathered through a process that is random and unpredictable.

Like any handmade product, the marks of the marker are inherently indispensable.

Live with, Love and please wear boldly!


Label: Machans Inlet

Style: Crossbody bag

Material: Recycled paintings

Strap length: 118cm

Bag size: 6D x 27W x 20H

In this video, Julie explains the stories behind these unique handbags.