Jules McCrae (The Blacksmith Atelier)

Sunshine Coast Artist Jules (Johnson) McCrae likes to describe herself as a functional artist. Her works vary from Wearable Art to Sculptural Lamps to Function Decor. Based in Rosemount, Jules has moved into her own studio
(alongside The Blacksmiths Atelier) complete with a showroom with various items available for sale.

Spending most of her working life in the Arts, beginning with an Associate Diploma in Commercial Art, Jules decided to gain a Trade in Sign Writing, learning the old traditions of brush work as well as furthering her computer graphic skills. With these 2 qualifications, Jules found herself working in the Trade Show industry for many years. It is during this time that she discovered Prop Making. Finding her calling at the time, she used this opportunity to discover her many talents and learn many techniques to expand her knowledge and skills.

Being one half of The Blacksmiths, Jules gained a new love where she has learnt to turn cold steel into warm flowing pieces. After over 10 years of learning the art of Blacksmithing, Jules has gained more confidence in the medium, expanding her portfolio and taking on more independent commissions.

In 2012, Jules decided after many years of contemplation, to enter the Bendigo Bank Wearable Art Competition at the Australian Body Art Festival in Eumundi. This not only fueled her love for creating off beat pieces, she also came out as the winner. Keeping this new passion alive, Jules entered and won again in 2013. Since then, Jules also contributes a wearable art piece to the Immanuel Arts Festival.

Jules loves engaging with her clients to create unique, personal works. The satisfaction of creating a private commission(big or small) and seeing it in it’s forever home, is a reward in itself. Her works range from delicate jewellery, gates, furniture and larger sculptures.