Jules is exhibiting a selection of ice-process drawings which have been created using hedgerow inks made from Watlington hedges. She is exhibiting pieces highlighting different stages of research; on different combinations of substrates; created at different temperatures; and most recently, incorporating stitch as an integral part of the drawing. A new series of works, Hedge Survey, will be presented for the first time.
Recently, Jules exhibited her ice-process drawing, Sloe Copper, in the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize Exhibition 2021 in London. The exhibition tour in 2022 has included, to date, Drawing Projects in Wiltshire, and The Cooper Gallery in Dundee. Currently, Jules is working with the University of Oxford as a community researcher for Watlington Climate Action Group and they are developing a sustainable research partnership with natural hedgerow inks, pigments and paints. Along with contributing to University Celebration Events in June, Jules is also collaborating in an art workshop, Art, Science and Creativity, at the Living Knowledge Conference 2022 in Groningen in the Netherlands 29th June-1st July.
Recent BA Fine Art graduate, Jules Bishop, is a local Watlington artist and the driving force in her work is environmental activism. Jules works in an intersectional way, crossing disciplines in the humanities, sciences and technology. Her versatile practice embodies sculpture, video art, performance, ‘happenings’, print, drawing, dialogue and natural pigments. Jules is an artist who wants a society with a caring operating system and a planet with a future. Her current research centres on the natural habitat of hedgerows in rural Oxfordshire. She is part of the ‘Green Plan’ Hedgerow Survey Team; a joint initiative between the Watlington Climate Action Group and the Watlington Environment Group. Jules has built a seasonal collection of hedgerow inks and has developed a unique way of working with the inks, freezing them to preserve vibrancy, and creating ice-process drawings using different substrates. She also works with hedgerow pigments whose uses include mixing into CO2 absorbing plastic VOC-free paint. She raises awareness and facilitates the depth of community engagement by means of poetic activism.