Hello! My name is Julie Lapointe.
This blog is about exploration: form, medium, technique and what inspires me.
The “young” years
I was born in Montreal (Canada) but I grew up in Abitibi, Douala (Africa) and the Laurentians, just to name a few! As you can guess, my parents liked to travel. It seems that I inherited the gene, at least for a while since I traveled on my own for a year in Australia, followed by a few months in Europe and then went on to explore different places in Quebec. I have now more of less settled down.
The “not so young” years
My boyfriend and I currently rent a little house in the Eastern Townships; our backyard consists of hundreds of acres of wood, and a little frog friendly lake in front of the house. The place is really peaceful and quiet, which is quite a change after so many years in Montreal.
This new place was the perfect spot to get back to what I used to do most: drawing and creating objects. I had never completely stopped, but since computers came into my life, creation had switched into a virtual mode.
As far as I can remember, I have always felt the need to create things. Drawings and objects as a kid and later on photography, modelage, prints, furniture recycling, etc. One of my first memories is making tiny boats out of nut shells.
Studies and work
I studied Fine Arts in Saint-Jérôme and Montreal. My interest for multimedia came later on and I completed a degree in Rouyn-Noranda followed by another one in Montreal. I have worked as an artist’s assistant, as a shop decorator (mostly murals) and as an art project manager. I also had very boring jobs that were fast forgotten. Since 2001, I work as a website designer at Datcha Web, my company.
When I’m not sitting in front of the computer or staring at a blank sheet of paper, I like to spend time in the vegetable garden. I love to grow heirloom varieties of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, etc. for their weird shapes, colors and taste. I also read a lot and in an effort not to turn into a potato couch/computer, I swim, run, bike, snowshoe or cross-country ski. Cooking also consumes a good part of my days, so does eating.
And in conclusion…
This site will be a journal about my journey back into a not so virtual creation. You will probably find here a little bit of my daily life, the things that inspire me and what comes out of it.
I appreciate feedback so if you wish to leave comments you can do so in French, English or Spanish (not really fluent in Spanish but it will be good practice!)