Makers and Knitters – Julie Arkell and Stephen West at Loop

Whimsical, thoughtful and charming, Julie Arkell’s work gives us a moment to reflect on the magic of making. After the success of her exhibition ‘Away’ at Ruthin Craft Centre last year, we’ve just had whole flock of Julie’s creatures come to visit. Carefully handmade from papier mâché with homely knitted outfits and embroidered details, each has their own personality and story.

Julie Arkell at Loop. Group of Figures, Growing up with wool. Loop, London.

Words and phrases inspire Julie to create her figures, and snatches of a narrative are captured in her embroidered handwriting on aprons and outfits.

Julie Arkell at Loop. 'I Just Want to Knit'
Julie Arkell at Loop. ‘I Just Want to Knit’

Loop has been hosting Julie’s workshops since we were in our original shop in Cross Street almost 10 years ago. In these classes, students start with an unadorned papier mâché character and Julie shares her inspiration and her methods to make ears, hats, pinnys, skirts, trousers, scarves and flowers.

Julie Arkell at Loop. 'The Quietness of a Soft Blanket Coloured Wool'
Julie Arkell at Loop. ‘The Quietness of a Soft Blanket Coloured Wool’

Always popular, we currently only have two spaces left on her 11th October workshop. Please give the shop a call if you’d like to book.

Julie Arkell at Loop. 'I made my own Pixie Hood'
Julie Arkell at Loop. ‘I made my own Pixie Hood’

To accompany Julie’s recent exhibition we have the book ‘Away‘, a monograph allowing a little window into her creative process and artistic outcomes. The perfect partner to ‘Home‘, which again was released in conjunction with her exhibition of the same name.

Julie Arkell at Loop. Home and Away. Loop, London.

Speaking of inspirational wool folk, don’t forget Stephen West is visiting Loop this weekend! Some of you were lucky enough to grab a place on his now sold out classes- but if you didn’t why not pop down this Sunday 10th May for the fabulous trunk show? Including samples from his Besties KAL using Brooklyn Tweed, Stephen will be signing books and showing off shawls from 4pm- 5pm. See you there!

Stephen West at Loop! Loop, London.

Happy knitting!

4 Comments on “Makers and Knitters – Julie Arkell and Stephen West at Loop

  1. Julie is a truly inspirational and amazing artist. I work from my studio in Ruthin and was lucky enough to take part in her 3 day workshop here at the Craft Centre last autumn.
    A wonderful experience!

    Kind regards

  2. Hello
    I follow you on IG and came across to your blog to read about Julie Arkell.
    I have a shop in country Victoria, Australia called Playing in the Attic and was wondering if you were able to offer me Julie’s two books at wholesale prices?
    Thank you, Trudy

  3. I love the quirkiness of Julie’s little works of art. “I just want to knit” is my catchcry at the moment – With my left arm in a cast for several weeks my favourite pastime is impossible! I have to find something craft-related(other than reading my favourite craft blogs which I can do)that I can manage singlehanded.

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