My name’s Julian Richards. I’m a Cornishman at heart and I’ve been living ‘up country’ for about 30 years.
It has been said that I’m “always pro-active, helpful, innovative and persistent – in a good way!”.
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. Perhaps Solomon said it first “diligence leads to riches as surely as haste leads to poverty”.
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“What happens when we slow down and pay attention?
Everything! Innumerable delights are right at hand.” Ezra Bayda
Over 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 realise our place in the world we all share.
I love to create and realise new imaginations out of our habitual routines and familiar culture. I love to co-create with others. I love to engage with others. I love to create… do you?
“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven” John Milton
2016 – 2021 Jules has been facilitating the busy Reprographics Department at a Secondary School in Leicester. See here ‘Reprography‘. Outside of this, Jules enjoys contributing to other small community projects that might benefit from his experience and skills.
2000 – 2016 Before working in schools, Jules saw 16 years of dedication as Graphic Artist and Design Studio & Production Manager, 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 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.
In the 1990s Jules studied Creative Arts (2.1) at Manchester Met. 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.
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?
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
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