lover of coffee | Maker of things

My name is Julieanne and I'm the artist + maker behind Heirloom Island. Thanks so very much for stopping by, it's really made my day!

On my website you'll find a gallery filled with things I've made and my little shop where you can purchase colour filled artwork, hand-drawn maps, and handmade items perfect for your home or cottage. 

I have always made things by hand, slowly and meticulously, with the same care I watched my mother take as she hooked and looped yarn from one stitch to a completed blanket. Making is a part of my family story. Growing up, items were handmade by choice, not always with artistic exploration in mind. Unbeknownst to me at the time, it became a core element of who I am. A maker.

After attending University, I spent ten years travelling, living and working in five different countries, learning about who I am and finally finding the perfect place to call home; right back where I started in Northern Ontario.

Coming home to Northern Ontario also brought me home to who I was regardless of where I travelled, an artist. I began painting again and it has become a magical, meaningful part of who I am. Creating is what brings a family closer. My father quietly shares his passion for woodworking as we individually craft frames for my work, and my children seek out connection with me through drawing, painting, and mapping the local environment “like Mommy does”. For me, there is an affection and tenderness in the connection between who I am, where I have been, and the place I come from. Creating is a way of making sense of what life throws at me: the joy, the obstacles, the beauty, the hardships.

My current work is a combination of visual art and cartographic design which comes together to create visual statements of geography. This work reflects a perspective that explores the connection between land and place. I find a great deal of joy and interest in learning more about my local environment; it’s interesting geographical features and rich history. In our modern world, most maps that we look at are used for transportation; how to get from one point to another using the quickest route. However, maps can be so much more than a navigation tool, they can tell a story, evoke a memory, create a connection and celebrate a place.

When I am not off teaching funny little kids at local primary schools, my days consist of drinking coffee, playing with my own little people, making and painting in my studio, and coming to terms with my messy house.




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