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Jules

My name’s Julian Richards.  I’m a Cornishman at heart and I’ve been living ‘up country’ for more than 25 years.

Artwork
and design for print and screen.
Image making for business and pleasure.
A bit of what I do

It has been said that “Jules is indeed a talented and motivated individual”.

It would seem that I enjoy, and I’m good at “adding sizzle to the sausage”…
Creativity is most prevalent when one looks outside of the familiar routine. Yes, “drive” is what gets things done, but a mindful drive might be more fruitful. “Every good tree bears good fruit”
through a process of simple interaction, fecundity, and growth. Less haste and less speed…
Perhaps Solomon said it first “diligence leads to riches as surely as haste leads to poverty”.

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17203550797_3b2f930180_bOver the last few years, I’ve unlearned a few things.  I think it’s important that we try to make time to ‘wake up’ to life, and the world we share.
“What happens when we slow down and pay attention?
Everything! Innumerable delights are right at hand.”
Ezra Bayda

I love to create and realise new imaginations out of our habitual routines and familiar cultures.
I love to co-create with others.
I love to interact with others.
I love to create… with you?
“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven” John Milton 

 


 

Since 2016  Jules facilitates the Reprographics Department at Fullhurst Community College. He greatly enjoys his busy new role, and continues to seek further opportunities that might benefit from his experience, skills, and commitment.

2000 – 2016  Jules’ last major role, as Graphic Artist and Design Studio & Production Manager, saw 16 years of dedication at ‘The Bookmark People’, Central Community Press Ltd. in Leicester. Alas, the company hung up their boots in 2016*. His administration and creative talents helped coordinate the creation and provision of bespoke advertising-funded public library bookmarks. These campaigns range from single-site provision to national bookmark campaigns, servicing all UK public libraries.
Jules worked as part of a three-person office HQ, liaising with a team of a dozen regionally based agents, and a large national network of Public Library authorities. Jules managed, designed, and oversaw production and distribution of Promotional Library Bookmarks throughout the UK.

*With great regret, the Bookmark People company closed in the Spring of 2016; in part because of the decline in support for public libraries and also the declining availability of corporate sponsorship.

Read some testimonials regarding Jules here.

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Jules is proficient in the use of CorelDraw Graphics Suite after 15 years of intensive daily use creating artwork for print and web. Jules has a good working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for regular photo-retouch and graphics manipulation. Jules has long term experience using Microsoft packages: Word, Powerpoint, Access, Publisher, Outlook etc. as well as numerous utility software for task management and communication.

 In the 1990s Jules studied Creative Arts (2.1) at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Here he studied both Live Performance Art and Visual Art – The theory and practice behind ‘Art’ in its many facets. Focusing on the psychology of perception and experience, and the philosophical issues surrounding the ‘art object’.

Creative Arts Degree – Personal areas of interest;

  • Communication; reader & writer, authorship, reading and interpretation.
  • Text, subject, culture; the individual in an environment, text in texture in textile.
  • Psychology of perception; experience, individuality, learning, mental activities/processes.
  • Ideological construction; language, culture, being, self.
  • Representation; language & semiotics, objectivity, subjectivity and experience
  • Audience-performer-space relationships; elemental breakdown and analysis.
  • Theatrical performance – devised performance and direction.
  • Image, Assumption, Motive – I.A.M.; A personal study of perceptual activities.
  • Graphics; colour, symbols and graphic mark-making.

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In the late 1980s, Jules worked his way up from apprentice through to a competent Graphic Designer, at Spectrum Design and Print Studio in Cornwall.  Ah, the good old days of print?

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Jules believes: that it’s only in working together effectively, that we truly achieve results.

“The interaction between things is what makes them fecund” Wallace Stevens (Realism – Damian Grant)

“Where your treasure is, there is your heart also”  Gospel of Matthew – The Bible

As an apprentice, he learnt to ‘never assume’, and to ‘measure twice, cut once’.  He believes listening and hearing can achieve more than speaking…


You can download some portfolio material here: Portfolio Material

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am not paid anything by anyone to post anything or as a result of posting anything on this site. I have not received any compensation, payment; either goods, services or cash for writing any posts on this blog. All reviews and opinions presented are my own.