Jools Holt attended art college at the North East Wales Institute – Glyndwr University during the punk era and was inspired by the creativity in the music, clothes, attitude and images of the time.
She started her working life as an Arts Centre gallery assistant hanging pictures, running groups and activities and designing artwork. Later she developed web design skills and digital photography with book illustration credits. Jools has run community courses in the eighties, internet technologies in the nineties and artwork from 2000. During this time, she also worked as a community development worker and special needs instructor.
Using ‘Artography’ – a combination of photography and mixed media to create her art, her pieces emanate an authentic hand created feel with a professional finish. Each piece is different and individually made by Jools.
The work of Jools Holt focuses on the sites, buildings and structures treasured by Islanders and appreciated by visitors alike. She is currently exploring ways to transform traditional Jersey monuments, relics and features into modern-day icons so that they can reappear today as part of contemporary living in prints, canvas, block images, cards, postcards and paintings. This artwork is a process incorporating photography, painting, software and collage resulting in more than fifty images that are part of her ‘Jersey Icon series’, a contemporary take on traditional Jersey views, places and anything that could be described as iconic.
Her work is described as having an impact and a fun element and sometimes linked to Pop Art – Jools teaches children about this genre in local schools and says the exchange of ideas between the children and herself is inspirational, often messy and hugely enjoyable. Jools is a guest artist at community workshops and outreach projects for Jersey Heritage utilising the treasured spaces run by the trust. Jools feels her background in community work and computer training has added to her ability to create art schemes and community-based initiatives.
Jools visited Guernsey earlier in the year to see if she could develop an art project around Guernsey Icons and fell for the island’s charm – a few images have emerged as a result, and so Jools is hoping this will continue to grow into a series.
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