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Up Close & Personal With Juliet White From Cosmic Lucky Bag

An all-round creative soul, Juliet White is the ‘Cosmic Lady’ behind the innovative brand and art studio ‘Cosmic Lucky Bag’. With a love of all things artsy and creative, Juliet shares more about what inspires her and how her brand continues to evolve.

What’s your background?

I completed my Fine Art studies, majoring in print making, in 2006. After living in Japan for a couple of years, I returned to Johannesburg to gain some experience working in the art world. In 2012 I opened a studio and graffiti gallery co-hosting events and exhibitions for young artists in Newtown. When I moved to Cape Town in 2013, I opened Cosmic Lucky Bag Art Studio.

How have you developed your career?

I have structured my work so that it is project-based rather than being full-time in one place. I like to have a few things on the go as it keeps things interesting. I enjoy the synchronicity of the different elements and delight in the unexpected. That is the nature of the Cosmic Lucky Bag after all.

How do you navigate the art world?

There’s no map to speak of. The artworld is not very big, however it is very diverse. I have been lucky to work in a few different areas, from publishing and print making to assisting artists and working on museum installations. I have also spent time hosting graffiti events, painting murals, teaching art and illustrating. Each area has its own thing and I think the trick is to pick one you really love and learn all you can about it.

Which current art world trends are you following?

I am enjoying the crossover of traditional and craft disciplines that were previously not really included as “fine art”. We are seeing a lot more contemporary art portfolios boasting stained glass, textiles, ceramics or even flat, chromatic poster design.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

People usually cry, but it is mostly in response to the portraits of recently departed pets. I try to make each one with as much love and sensitivity as possible and hope that it translates.

What is your dream project?

Something book related, whether that means going back to writing or illustrating a story, I am not sure yet but it feels right. I am also working towards creating and exhibiting a body of work on a much larger scale than my current illustrations.

What inspires you?

Japanese traditional woodblock prints feature regularly on my inspiration board. The elegance and minimalist approach is something I try to emulate.

I get a lot out of travel and nature and they tend to go hand-in-hand. The last place I got to visit before the 2020 lockdown was Iceland and I am still processing the starkly poetic landscapes. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been and I am still trying to figure out why.

A place you visited to unwind in Africa?

Zanzibar. That island is brimming with history, culture and beauty. It relies mostly on tourism but it is a gem worth so much more. I love the people, the weather and the natural beauty.

Find out more about Juliet’s work and studio online at Cosmic Lucky Bag.

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