Julie McIntyre studied at the Banff Centre, Alberta in 1986 and received her BFA from Queen’s University with a major in printmaking. She has had solo shows in 19 public galleries in Canada and participated in well over 40 juried exhibitions, including 21 international credits to date. Julie has taught workshops across Canada and is an artist in residence with the Vancouver School Board and ArtStarts.
This small selection from Julie McIntyre’s Collecting Stories series celebrates activities that we choose to spare time for that are initiated for pleasure and enrich our lives without concern for financial compensation. This series is also the artist’s homage to hobbyists whose commitment and accomplishments may be unfairly dismissed as “amateur” precisely because they are not concerned with monetary gain. We should not discount their developing techniques and often life-long learning that follows their passion, nor their financial contributions. If it was not for scrapbookers, for instance, Julie would never have had the variety and affordability of designer papers to work with, or an audience that understands what it takes to make these paper quilts. Collecting Stories is the artist’s thank you to your passion in its purest form. Just for the love of making is admirable.