Porthtowan artist to exhibit in London
A CORNISH artist who has sold driftwood creations to several celebrities will be displaying her work at a renowned London exhibition next month.
Julia Horberry, a self-taught artist from Porthtowan, will show ten of her driftwood works at the Parallax Art Fair in Chelsea Town Hall on October 17.
Miss Horberry said: "I have mixed feelings about the exhibition. I will be a complete fish out of water, but I will just make the most of it. I will have good people around me and I will be looking forward to getting back to lovely Cornwall."
The former chambermaid works from driftwood and recycled material she has found on beaches in the South West. Creations include mirrors and shelves.
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"I never tell anyone where I get my driftwood but the best places are always quite hard to reach. Normally I will be carrying nearly my body weight in driftwood," she said.
The artist, who has previously been commissioned by celebrity Paul O'Grady, featured on ITV's 60 Minute Makeover and been scouted by Ralph Lauren. Her work will also appear in the Hollywood film Ruby Sparks this year.
Miss Horberry said: "I have gradually built up my business with a huge list of commissions over the years. It has turned from a hobby to a full-time job and I can't believe how lucky I am."