Exciting news but a bit distracting!

Wow, what a weekend!

My partner and I have been together for 7 years now and on Saturday we decided to get Married!

Panoramic of The Mansion House

I am so excited but a little distracted. The house we are to be married in is a Victorian mansion house in Bedfordshire, built in the Jacobean style. It is a beautiful building with incredible architectural details. (Please see above)

I am a bit worried that in all the excitement I may get a little carried away with planning rather than concentrating on my work. So to counteract this I have decided that as I am bound to want to design the invitations they will form part of my sketchbook work over the next few weeks. There must be a lot of scope for using the building as a starting point for some embroidered invitations!

We are off to book the ceremony on the 5th so I will try and get some sketching done whilst we are there or at least some photos to study from.

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About Julie Hooker

Having recently returned to my roots in Surrey, I am currently studying a BA Hons degree with the OCA. My work is often inspired by the local countryside in the beautiful Surrey Hills area and the wild rugged nature of the North Cornish coast. Steam engines and abandoned industrial history are also recent themes. A free machine embroiderer and felt maker; I like to explore the use of natural, found materials to create my art, whether that be as raw materials to stitch or weave with or as a material with which to produce dye or print with. Previously, I completed City and Guilds parts 1 & 2 Creative Embroidery at the East Berkshire College in Windsor in 2007. I was also awarded first place in the wearable art section of the National Quilt Championships 2008 and 2009 held annually at Sandown Park.
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