Julie Dodd was born on the Wirral, England where she continues to reside and work. Dodd usually works with paper, often reusing old books and magazines but includes other recycled materials in her work which often reflect concerns of our environmental responsibility.
Dodd received her first class BA honours degree in fine art from Wirral Metropolitan College in 2009 and was awarded a fellowship placement at the same institute for the following year. As well as using this time to develop her practice, mentor students she finished the year by showing her a large body of work based on trees in the fellowship show at the Williamson Art Gallery, which were exhibited as part of the Liverpool Independents Biennial.
Dodd wrote her first commissioned article in 2010, which was about her experiences of life a year after graduating, written for the Artists Newsletters degree supplement. In the same year she had her first solo show ‘Life in Paper’ showing three years work produced in or on paper. She also had work shown in New York as part of an artist book exhibition at the Williamsburg Art & Historical Centre which was later purchased for their collection.
She had her first artists’ residency in 2011 at Arena Gallery and Studios which finished with a solo show and an artist talk. She has since used residencies to engage the local community in art projects. This started in 2012 when she first worked on a community based project for Wigan Libraries, working with children to re-use books to make trees. The opportunity to become Wigan libraries artist in residence came about during this project, which she continued residing as for four years
Dodd was also one of the SCIBase artists whose work ‘Building Blocks of life’ was shown in Stockholm Independent Art Fair Supermarket 2012. She has shown more recently with them in Jamestown USA, Leeds and Liverpool.
Also in 2012 an image of 'Unilocular Slope' from the 'Human Nature' installation was shown on a huge screen as part of the Art Takes Times Square billboard event, at Broadway between 43rd Street and 44th Street, New York City, USA.
In the same year Dodd spent a month in a residency program working with the community as part of an empty shop project ‘Comma’ and later that year she spent another month working in a residency at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital for the Bluecoat Display Centre.
Dodd exhibits regionally, nationally and internationally and has work in private and public collections worldwide including a piece of work which was purchased in 2013 by a collector for Tate Britain to be held in their Library Artists' Books Collection.
During 2013 she worked on a large commission project involving a site specific wall installation for SAICA’s PM11 paper mill at Partington, Manchester, many workshops and an artist talk. This led her to write for an article in The Quarterly, The Journal of the British Association of Paper Historians Edition No. 87 July 2013
Dodd’s work has featured in several articles including Printmaking Today and a Spotlight article on Practical Sustainability in the Harvard Business Review magazine in which she was the spotlight artist of the month. Also a photograph of her work 'Back to Your Roots' was used for the cover of 'Thinking Outside the Book' by Augusta Rohrbach.
Dodd showed three of her paper installations in CODA Paper Art 2015 'Can't See the Trees for the Forest', 'Forest: Lungs of the World' and 'Out of Palms Way' which has been created especially for the exhibition and was shown on the roof. To accompany the work Dodd held an Artist's Talk during her time in Apeldoorn, speaking about her works in paper and the processes involved. She was interviewed about her work in CODA Paper 2105 for Kunstbeeld magazine No.6 2015
In 2016 many of Dodds work was shown in the sculpture garden ‘Achter de Westduinen’ with one installation piece Inner Beauty remaining for an additional season in 2017. Julie became artist in residence at Prenton High School for Girls during that year too working with high school students on paper nature projects.
She showed altered book work in England, New Jersey and Italy during 2017 with the work in New Jersey being featured on a news report with News 12 New Jersey looking at the Book Art: A Novel Idea exhibition at the Morris Museum in Morristown. Her work in New Jersey and Italy was on display entering 2018 and during 2018 she also showed more altered book work in New York at the Centre for Book Arts. She created a spring woodand themed window display using recycled books, magazines and newspapers and has just finished showing two of her paper installations in the Independants Biennial in Liverpool. Through her role as artist in residence at Prenton High School for Girls Julie developed 'The Fallen Oak Leaf Project' with the community in commemorance for the centernary of the end of World War 1, which was displayed at the Williamson Art Gallery until February this year. She also developed a poppy worksheet that went into Primary Schools and ran workshops for the Wilfred Owen Commemoration leading up to November 11th when the poppies where installed in Hamilton Square Gardens, Borough Road and Market Street. In December she had altered book work in an exhibition from the permanent collection of The WAH Center in New York.
This year Julie has toured 'The Fallen Oak Leaf Project' and has most recently been shown at Birkenhead Central Library. Julie finished her artist residency at Prenton High School for Girls this year with a recyling project making World Maps with Wirral Primary Schools.
Dodd has shown new work in 'Go Eco' at The Bluecoat Display Centre wihich will also be shown in 'Crafted' at The Kirby Gallery later in the year. She is presently teaching but is still working on environmental projects which she will be revealing shortly.