A Shawlands artist’s business is flourishing after her first customer loved her work so much he asked her to transform his entire furniture collection.
Julia Sagias (34) specialises in artisan interior design, surface design and hand-painted bespoke vintage furniture.
She has been transforming homes across Glasgow over the last 18 months and regularly supports charity and local events.
Julia has donated a bespoke, antique mirror, valued at £500, to Maggie’s Spring Ball, which will be hosted by Kirsty Wark at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow on May 11.
Julia said: “I met with James who was looking for some help with interior design. His partner had passed away and left lots of items of furniture in the house they shared, which he wanted to change to suit his own .
“I showed him pictures of the work that I’d done in my own home and he was so excited and couldn’t wait for me to get started on his first piece. I ended up transforming most of the furniture in his home.
“Word quickly spread and I have been taking regular private commissions ever since.
“I’m pleased to support charity events by donating high-value items that can help raise funds for important causes.
“I hope that the mirror finds a good home through the auction and helps to raise money for Maggie’s.”
A Glasgow University History of Art graduate, Julia has quickly established herself as one of Scotland’s leading names in bespoke and handpainted furniture, mural and interior designs.
She said: “I’ve worked on items for new build homes and sourced crafts for old Glasgow tenement flats alike.
“Each project is carefully considered and hand-painted and I work on pieces of furniture already owned by my clients and can expertly source unique pieces for customised designed creations.
“The end product is a piece of art in the home and something that the customer loves, which is the most important thing.”
Julia has worked with a number of Scottish art galleries, art boutiques and designers and has a collection of work available at the Seagull Art Gallery.
She has also collaborated with art consultancy The Studio Fine Art Company and her work can also be found in Finneston’s The Shop of Interest art boutique. She is also a professional member of the House of Upcycling, which is the UK’s leading independent authority in premium upcycling for interiors, challenging the design world to reduce the amount of waste materials.
Julia continued: “My work is ecological, sustainable and conscientious by the very nature of what I do; upcycling and sustainability being integral to my design and work ethos.
“From an artistic point of view, it’s also so enjoyable to revive, restore and re-imagine vintage pieces, sympathetic to the heritage of the object, considering how it meets clients’ stylistic preferences and become decorative pieces of art.
“My travels are a constant influence of my work.
“I spend a lot of time in Greece with my husband and our two young daughters and I bring back the light, colours and details I love about the places I visit into my designs and styling.
“But home really is where the heart is and Glasgow has a vibrant art scene, which I’m pleased to be part of.”
To find out more about Julia Clare Interiors, projects and commissions visit www.juliaclareinteriors.com.