Obscura by Julie Gardner is high quality, natural fabric accessories and mostly wearable art.
I design from my own photographs and create everything using 100% natural fabrics or fiber. Each piece is a beautiful visual story or image to be worn, felt, experienced and seen. Beauty inspires people and my designs being reflections of the natural world around us is transforming.
There is nothing Obscure about Obscura Designs!
The name Obscura derives from 'Camera Obscura,' aptly named because I am a photographer and design from my photographs. Obscura means “a darkened enclosure through which light enters to form an image of the objects on the opposite surface.” My designs are the light and beautiful colors of the world around us. You will NEVER be Obscure when you wear ‘Obscura Designs’ so come out of Obscurity and Be Seen.
MEET JULIE GARDNER - ARTIST, DESIGNER, PHOTOGRAPHER, ENGINEER, PRODUCER AND AUTHOR.
Julie is a multi talented artist, live music film producer, studio engineer, photographer and designer.
She began her career as a Studio Engineer in the late 80's, relocating to London in the early 90's to work as a recording / mixing engineer at Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Studios. She started her own company in 2001 producing live multi camera music shoots and post production, filming live shows at venues.
In 2010 she received Grammy recognition for engineering work with Chrissie Hynde on the Blind Boys of Alabama Grammy winning "Go Tell It On The Mountain" album. In a long recording career Julie has worked with some the most successful recording artists and bands today, among them Neil Young, Van Morrison, Stephen Stills, Elvis Costello, Chrissie Hynde & The Pretenders, Joe Jackson, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Gary Moore, Deep Purple, John Legend and The Cranberries to name just a few.
(Julie, engineering at Townhouse Studios London in the 90's. SSL. Photo taken by Al Stone)
2009 - 2016, Julie photographed Neil Young both on tour and behind-the- scenes on his myriad travels around the world. Her virtually unlimited access has created what is arguably the largest collection of Neil Young images available. These photos have been exhibited across America and are available for sale.
“Obscura Designs” is quite simply, an art form wherein Julie's photographic images are projected onto exquisite fabrics. The result is a stunning collection of luxury scarves and textiles. They are sumptuous; unique pieces – art to be worn, featuring fabulous imagery borne of one artist’s global journey alongside an unparalleled music icon
Designer Julie Gardner holding the Geelong Cashmere/Modal scarf. Photo taken by Danny Clinch, Manhattan NY, Jan 4th 2014
Obscura Designs only use the highest quality, NATURAL fibre fabrics when making our pieces. We make everything with the upmost care, joy and passion, resulting in a stunning product that combines the comfort of the finest fabric with a dynamic artistic statement, made in bold, beautiful colors. Art to be worn!
Natural Fabrics We Use:
Obscura scarves are made from Silks, Wools, Cashmere, Organic Cotton and Modal.
MODAL is made from beech wood chips. It combines the benefits of natural fiber with a fantastically soft feel. This natural fabric has the ability to absorb moisture like cotton. The yarn has the characters of strength, softness and luster.
Organic Cotton is cotton grown without using any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Organic cotton comes from plants that are not genetically modified.
Why Natural Fiber Fabrics only?
• Natural fiber fabrics are health friendly and environmentally friendly.
• Polyester, nylons and other synthetic fibers are made from petrochemicals, are not biodegradable, making them unsustainable and harmful to the environment and ourselves.
• Petrochemical fibers restrict and suffocate your skin, shutting down toxic release. Your skin is one of the largest organs in the body. It is highly absorbent and very important to your well being. What you wear is as important as what you eat.