Raised in New Jersey, Julie Goldstein is a woodcut printmaker who now resides in Southern California, where she exacts her multimedia pieces. With an un-dieing love for the ocean, Julie combines a broad range of mediums to explore the sea and interact with women, culture, and aquatic activities in her pieces. Check out our interview and gallery of her work, live on the Breakfast website now!
1. Who are you?
My name is Julie Goldstein. I am 41 years old, originally from New Jersey and now living in Encinitas, California.
2. Describe your medium & process for your work…
I am a woodcut printmaker. I also include drawing and sewing into my pieces. When I create a body of work, I fill up an entire sketchbook with research, photos, drawings, sewing and storytelling. I transfer these concepts onto wood, usually pine or plywood, depending on the scale. If I work on a large scale 4ft x 8ft, I use plywood. After I draw onto the wood, I trace over with a sharpie then stain the wood with India Ink. Then I use knives and chisels to carve out the negative spaces. When I create large pieces, I use jigsaws to carve and grinders, sanders and dremels to pull out the textures in the wood. After the carving is complete, I prepare the paper. Then I mix my colors and use rollers to apply ink to the wood. Lastly, I place the paper onto the woodcut and use a wooden spoon and rub the paper onto the wood to create a print. Each piece is considered an original, they always vary in textures and colors. I often apply additional watercolor, fabric and writing to the final pieces.
3. How did you find your passion? Who/what influences your work?
I was introduced to woodcut printmaking when I studied fine art at the University of Connecticut. My professors Gus Mazzocca and Cora Deibler were very influential and inspired me and supported throughout my college years. Since then, my work has been inspired by my life, experiences, and my passion to empower and educate women about women. The stories that I portray in my works are influenced by my deep passion for the sea and the metaphors that emerge from my experiences in the ocean. These concepts are coupled with research and stories about women in various cultures that share the same impactful stories about motherhood, empowerment, connection and identity that commonly emerges in all societies. Long story short… the sea, women, personal experiences and storytelling!
4. What excites you about your work? What do you struggle with?
I get really excited when I research and learn about women in different cultures and societies and how much women need women to find humor and connection in all stages of life. My favorite and most exciting thing is when a concept transfers from my sketchbook to a woodcut and watching the paper peel off the wood and to see the print for the first time.
My struggles arise when I am in between exhibitions and I am balancing teaching, my studio, motherhood and home. Finding the time to really immerse myself for several days at a time is not easy, although it drives me to be very productive and inspired when I am in my studio.
5. What are your goals? Where do you see yourself going?
My goals are to continue my latest research and to keep building on this body of work and combining more large scale pieces with quilts and hand stitched fabrics. I would LOVE to travel to these various cultures and meet the women in these tribes, learn from them and experience their lifestyle. I would also like to incorporate motivational speaking to educate and inspire young women about these deep concepts, conflicts and connections that we all have, yet never talk about. In addition, I have a brand called SWMwithme, that is a collaboration brand, I would like to continue designing beautiful products with other artists and designers.