||JULIE LENORA PARSONS
Julie is an artist and designer who has been a closet writer all her life. She is no stranger to imaginings, but it is her work in design for performance where she learnt to apply her investigative principles to the realisation of theatre productions. Curiosity led to an interest in the history of performance and finally to the completion of a Masters thesis on the Harlequin at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Not content with hearsay, Julie researches and debunks apparently misleading information and brings to life fascinating and colourful stories.
Illustration work has been a constant throughout Julie's career in the arts, with costume and set design renderings, illustrations for books, programmes, catalogues, invitations, newsletters as well as painted images used as projections in performance. Julie has also produced a range of tapestries and gift cards.
Julie is an inter-disciplinarian whose arts practice in Public Art and an interest in Children's book illustration has lead to many commissions.
As well as lecturing and running workshops at a tertiary level in the visual arts and design for performance Julie has continued her studio practice. She has work in Art Collections both in the private and public sectors in Australia and overseas. Julie's achievements are cited in Arts publications such as “Artlink”, “Craftswest”, “A Dictionary of Women Artists in Australia”, “Who’s Who of Australian Visual Artists”’ and a “Spirited Place”.
Julie has been privileged in holding a number of Artist in Residence positions, the last of which was at the international art space in Hanoi, Vietnam. Recent work and interest has been in the Fremantle Carnevale.
||2018 "Rabbits and Other Immigrants"; written and illustrated by Julie Parsons:
2015 "What goes around comes around"; written and illustrated by Julie Parsons, Article & Illustrations for OZ Arts spring edition:
2014 Listed for consideration, academic article for Griffith Review, LOOKING WEST:
2013 Researcher and Co author with Professor Anna Haebich, Curtin University, Women’s encyclopaedia entry Indigenous Women and the Arts, by Anna Haebich with Julie Parsons, http://www.womenaustralia.info/leaders/biogs/WLE0383b.htm
2010 Illustrations and research for "People, passion and purpose", the history of Volunteer Task Force:
2009 "Undressing and Redressing the Harlequin", written and illustrated by Julie Parsons:
2009 Illustrations for "Nina Rose and her dancing prince"; by Sandra Wise:
2007 Book cover image, "Fancy Footwork"; editors Bradshaw, Campbell, Clemens:
2002 “Artists in a Landscape: the South West” Artlink vol 22 No3, illustration page 50. September:
2001 Image of "Possum Paving" in "Art Source" promotion brochure:
1997 "Professional Practise, Julie Parsons", illustration page 15, "In Focus", CRAFTWEST 19971:
1996 Image in L.P.F. Langer publications, Germany:
1993 Hugo, Judith. Image in " A Spirited Place". (Claremont School of Art Publication):
1992 Seaman, Karen. "Embellishing Edith Cowan University", CRAFTWEST Winter 1992
Image "Doorway of Delight":
1991 Images "Julie Parsons", CRAFTWEST Autumn 1991:
1987 Australian Artist illustration p.23:
1986 Image, sculpture titled 'Frannie Freo with Cappuccino', Department for the Arts:
1980-90 Compiled invitations and catalogues for exhibitions such as Survey South West, Directions:
1979 Monthly articles for the "Country Arts" column in the ARTLOOK magazine: