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Embroidered Vintage Photograph | Parrot Head by Julia Walck

I've been finding myself at a lot of tiki bars lately, and got inspired to do an embroidered parrot. What better way than to do a literal parrot head? Jimmy Buffett approved.🍹 

I actually think the back is kind of cooler than the front. It's cool to see the "behind the scenes" to a piece, especially when it's a tangled mess of thread!

Some work in progress (WIP) photos below.

(More) Embroidered Vintage Photographs by Julia Walck

Technicolor Dreams, 4"x6"

Technicolor Dreams, 4"x6"

The long weekend gave me time to catch up on some projects I've been working on (and to start new ones!)

I also had time to go antiquing! I scored this cute, 70's sewing box which is now the home to my needles and threads. 

I felt like this black and white photo needed some color, so I gave it a rainbow and let that family see in color. 

Here's what the back of the photo looks like, too. Little frayed rainbows! 

Sweet, 3"x3"

Sweet, 3"x3"

I started "Sweet" a while ago and finally wrapped it up this weekend. It was my first typographic embroidered photo and was slightly more challenging to finish. 

I hope your 3 day weekend was as sweet as this couple! 

PRINTS AVAILABLE!

Click here for prints of "Sweet"
Click here for prints of "Technicolor Dreams"

You can check out my first round of embroidered photos here.

Poppy Fields | Places to Go by Julia Walck

On Sunday, Emily and I drove out to Lancaster to see the poppy fields. We left LA at 6am and man am I glad we did. It was already very crowded when we showed up to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve at 7:30am. 

Oh! I have pink hair again!

We hiked around the poppy fields for a couple of hours and headed out to explore the open roads around us and found more spots to shot. 

It was about 9:40am now. The parking lot at the poppy fields was at capacity and a herd of people were walking up from their cars parked on road below. 

I had a lot of fun playing around with scenic reflections in these mirrors! I found them at Goodwill a few days before our trip out to the poppy fields. 

I Windexed this full length mirror on the side of the road and it was probably my favorite moment from that day. That and the fact that I was hiking around with Windex in my backpack.

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Shoutout to Emily Sarpolus for putting up with my early morning adventures!

Embroidered Vintage Photographs by Julia Walck

The Face of an Angle, 2.5"x3.5" 

The Face of an Angle, 2.5"x3.5" 

I've been seeing a lot of embroidery everywhere lately and thought I'd give it a shot. I started with embroidering a washed out polaroid a few weeks back; it was kind of tough due to the thickness of the film so I tried it out on thinner photographs.

I found an assortment of vintage photos at the Melrose Trading Post and stumbled upon a 20 pack of colored thread while I was there, too. If that wasn't a sign to start new projects I don't know what is. 

Searching for Rainbows, 2.5"x3.25"

Searching for Rainbows, 2.5"x3.25"

So far I've just done these 3 pieces but I'm overflowing with ideas. I'm excited to try out different techniques, color mixing and size variations. 

Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking?, 4"x5"

Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking?, 4"x5"

More to come, soon! 

Radiant Human | Aura Photography by Julia Walck

Radiant Human is a nomadic aura photo space run by Christina Lonsdale. I've been trying for a while now to book a session with her but she sells out so fast! Luckily, I snagged one just in time for her LA tour.

I had my aura photo taken this morning and I'm so in love with how it came out! I honestly didn't know what to expect from the experience... Here's how it played out: 

I went into the booth, and put my hands flat onto a metal electricity reader that measured the electricity going through my body. That's where the colors come from. 

Sitting very still, I posed for my portrait and held it for a fair amount of time. It happened quicker than I thought it would. 

Christina then sat with me and explained a bit on the process while my polaroid developed, then analyzed my portrait. The bottom right quadrant is the side I show most to the world. The bottom left, is what's on the inside and things I typically keep to myself. And above me are my dreams, aspirations and thoughts. 

Most of the qualities were pretty spot on. Creativity, leadership, collaboration, passion and practicality are things I use on a day-to-day basis that I share with others. Things I tend to keep to myself at times are sensitivity, trust, and my intuition (which explains why I have trouble making decisions sometimes). My head is filled with unconventional thoughts, a playful attitude and bursts of creativity. 

My friend Juliet also had her photo taken.

We’re both graphic designers, creative by nature, masters of puns, and have a love of everything vintage. She prefers tea, while I prefer coffee. Black and purple is her jam, but I’m into anything patterned that a rainbow threw up on. We’re very similar and at the same time are very different. Super rad to see how like-minded we really are through our auras.

Christina explained to me that this aura isn't a permanent stamp of what I feel. Because feelings change at different times in our lives based on events from the past, or ones that are currently happening. 

It'd be interesting to go back to Radiant Human after some time and to possibly see a shift in colors. 

She mentioned to me that she was surprised my aura wasn't yellow... I was too. Maybe next time.