Julie Collis

Julie Collis

Julie Collis

Auckland

'I was trained in Jewellery and Textile Design but I have worked in a number of media. In recent years I have been primarily concerned with slumping and fusing glass. Screen printing or painting directly onto the glass surface, before kiln firing. I have made a variety of forms from large platters to pieces of jewellery.

The constant theme in my work has been an interest in the methods and media of textiles. I have a large collection of my Grandmother’s and Mother’s linen and crochet pieces that constantly inspire me. They represent many of the traditional feminine domestic crafts. From the patterns of printed wallpapers and fabrics of NZ in the 50’s, to the woven baskets and objects of the Pacific region, it is the small domestic pieces, evidence of women’s lives and activities that interests me. Now an exploration of the qualities of materials such as crushed paper and plastic bags is reproduced in another medium and used in another context. They have moved from the throw away item to something of value. This work is becoming more and more relevant to our everyday lives. These pieces are slip cast bone china. The raw materials for bone china are comparatively expensive, and the production is labour-intensive, which is why bone china maintains a luxury status and high pricing. It has a superior whiteness, translucency and strength to porcelain.'

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