In the early days of House of Fairytales, I interviewed a few of their collaborators for a piece I intended to feature ahead of one of their big events, but in the tradition of artists and artisty types, not enough of them got back to me in time. One who did though, was Julie Vermeille, whose work will be featured in the forthcoming House of Fairytales exhibition, as well as at the Craft London Exhibition of Emerging Talents. There she'll be exhibiting her new children's book 'Arthur's Seat.' (Julie has worked with the House of Fairytales at Port Eliot Festival helping kids to create their own fairytale books.)Julie's work features vintage fabric, lace and buttons to create fairytale illustrations; there's an artists talk at the Craft Central exhibition on the 18th March from 6-8pm, whilst the exhibition itself starts on the 8th.
Anyway, here's the interview we did yonks ago!
How did you get involved in House of Fairytales?
Whats your favourite fairytale and why?
"The Little Red Riding hood"; the Charles Perrault version where there is no wood cutter to save grandma and the Little girl.
As a child I remember listen to this on an audio book over and over again, the part where the wolf explains why he has got big teeth, hears and mouth never quite made sense then and I was fascinated by this scary voice, like something happens on the other side...
Can you tell us about what you've been working on with HofF recently and/or any upcoming projects
I just came back from Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall with the House Of Fairy Tales.
I had a workshop there where you could make your own fairy tale story book, working on the illustrations and the book binding.
Go abroad, spread the fairy tales words. A long trip through the continent with a trailer and the whole house, picking up people on the way, sharing our skills and learning about each others fairy tales, myths and stories.