Wallpaper Design for Jaco&Co.
I’m so excited to share my latest collaboration with interior Designer Jaco Justice for ‘Slurp at the Kirk’ Restaurant in Edinburgh City Centre.
This is one way how my visual explorations can be applied in different ways and in a much bigger scale. I can’t wait to explore more with this application and design some more of these.
Photography by Laura Meek
Tales of A Universal Goddess is a tribute, a light-hearted piece, a subtle allegory to that Unique Divine Femininity. With this I want to celebrate that Intuitive Strength that comes from generations of all the women that came before us.
Carol is the main character of this story. She is One and All at the same time, all of us, that Universal Goddesses. With this video, I want to invite the viewer to get a glimpse into Carol's personal dance of joy while carefully curating what she wears, having a bit of fun and play around with the different combinations to see which one looks best depending on the persona she wants to portray that day.
LINK TO VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/233284349
Animation: Diego Almazán de Pablo
Edinburgh, UK 2017
By Juli Bolaños-Durman
Presenting a series of glass sculptures developed through an intercultural dialogue between mystical India and a Scotland-based Costa Rican artist.
During the 12th edition of the Arte Laguna Prize, Costa Rican artist Juli Bolaños-Durman was selected as the winner of the Art Residency offered by Basu Foundation for the Arts in Kolkata, India. The residency undertaken in January 2019 gave Juli the chance to enhance her interdisciplinary practice by drawing inspiration from India’s vibrant culture and developing professional connections that helped her to create a new body of work informed by this experience.
The eclectic cultural program of the Basu Foundation Residency allowed her to develop new directions in her artistic process. By collaborating with the Karwaan Design Project and local glass craftsmen from the Firozabad community (which has 500 years of Persian glass tradition), together they produced a series of conceptual glass sculptures that embody this cultural exchange. Aspects of their interaction that were lost in translation have contributed to an exciting and unexpected expression of new insights.
Juli added a poetic layer of significance to the glass objects inspired by the foundation’s Palace. The artist was encouraged to wonder about the people that used to live there, as well as about their relationships with each other and this building, full of history and magic. Furthermore, she has managed to achieve a fresh visual narrative by uniting both her playful yet profound vision and the spirit of the place.
Juli’s diverse experience at Basu Foundation can be easily linked to the core of her artistic statement: ‘I want to create raw pieces that are put together sensibly through the joyfulness of play, and explore different materials and ideas to challenge the boundaries of art and its meaning’.
For Juli Bolaños-Durman, the residency in India has been an enormous opportunity to learn, discover and enrich her artistic practice. Not only to develop a new body of work, but also to step out of her comfort zone and foster interesting partnerships for future collaborations.
Sponsored by the Basu Foundation, in partnership with Arte Laguna Prize.
Photo Credits: Vivian Sarky 2019
Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters
23 March – 1 September 2019
Daily from 10AM – 6PM
Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LG
Photo Credits: Jonty Wilde
“Why are we so interested in craft today?” is the question the inaugural Harewood Biennial seeks to answer when it launches at Harewood House in March 2019 and opens a vibrant new season at the Yorkshire stately home.
The first exhibition of the Harewood Biennial is Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters, which aims to challenge preconceptions, spark interest and inspire debate about the role craft can play in culture, identity and society. At a time when there is a surge of interest in craft, (from the supermarket to the catwalk) there is also confusion – is it a product or a process? Is it always handmade? Is it just a marketing buzzword?
Visitors to Harewood, Leeds, will experience a visual treat across the House by some of the most exciting British-based makers of the moment. Each invited to interpret a different room, the twenty-six exhibitors work both nationally and internationally and span fashion, textiles, woodwork, glass, metalwork, furniture, papercraft and leather.
Highlighting Yorkshire’s wealth of skilled talent, five of the twenty-six exhibitors showcased are based in Yorkshire. Distinguished names include Wakefield-based paper artist and illustrator Andy Singleton, Sheffield-born ceramicist Lena Peters and Whitby glass maker, Effie Burns, rubbing shoulders alongside statement printmaker Anthony Burrill, Welsh sustainable denim-makers Hiut Denim, whose jeans are worn by Meghan Markle, Freed dance shoes and the Emily Blunt-sporting Fox Umbrellas.
Curated by design critic Hugo Macdonald, the exhibition crosses generations and disciplines, mixes classic and contemporary and uses Harewood House as a platform to showcase and question the very definition of skill and craft today. Harewood House itself is renowned for the craftsmanship that built and furnished it in the 18th century, using the most skilled architects, designers and makers of the time including Chippendale, Robert Adam and Capability Brown.
“This is one of our most ambitious projects to date,” comments Jane Marriott, Harewood House Trust Director. “Together with a wider programme of workshops, demonstrations, symposia and events, Useful/Beautiful will be a fully immersive and visually striking exhibition for the first six months of our season, across all rooms in the House and extending outside, offering a vibrant and playful new perspective and experience for visitors.”
In addition, there will be three exciting new commissions for Harewood by renowned British designers, each showcasing craftsmanship in a different way and specific to the House. These are due to be revealed in February 2019.
A full programme of weekend events, participatory workshops and more will be added to the website www.harewood.org as tickets are released.
From the Ode To Intuición Found & Blown Glass transformed and embellished through heritage cutting techniques and Illustration. Edinburgh. 2018- Ongoing
Each one of the sculptures from the Ode to Intuición Series has a personality and cheeky character, I wanted to illustrate this with a further exploration called 'Studio Chat'.
I wanted to introduce you to Queeny. She was originally baptised 'Queen of the Night' (Reina de la Noche in Spanish) because these were her Mom's favourite flowers from when she grew up in the tropics. But the whole name sounds too serious for her, so she prefers to be called by her nickname. Queeny wants to become a dancer when she grows up because she is usually caught by the latin tunes, she is swayed by the music and can't stop herself from having a wee cheeky dance every time.
Photography: Shannon Tofts (2014)
Collaboration with Spanish film-maker Diego Almazán de Pablo
Title: Ode to Intuición Series
Theme: Exploring preciousness and play through the construction of non-functional vessels.
Medium: Found, Blown and Engraved Glass.
City / Year: Edinburgh, UK 2013
Photography: Shannon Tofts
Price Upon appreciation
The primary theme within my creative process is the exploration of preciousness and how intuitive play jumpstarts the creation of new ideas within the studio practice. Preciousness is not only the value or quality of the materials themselves but more so the journey of transformation they represent. I find myself favoring and treasuring objects that act as storytellers and constitute experiences that are a link to emotional connections. Therefore, it is essential for the creative process to give the artwork the same significance, disregarding where it came from or how it was constructed. I want to create raw pieces that are put together sensibly through the joyfulness of play, explore the different materials to create new meaning and invite the viewer to become part of the journey. This is how the ‘Ode to Intuición’ Series of 60 non-functional / sculptural vessels came to life.
Vessels of remembrance. When developing this idea, I started to look into Lachrymatories: the tiny glass or terracotta vessels, found Roman and late Greek tombs. It is believed that these vessels were used to collect tears when mourning a love one. I find this as a very symbolic and endearing concept to honor the deceased. So with the Solace Collection I wanted to create objects that embodied and paid homage to special ideas or souls in our lives.
Dimensions: 39 x 18 cm, 40 x 18 cm & 41 x 17 cm approx.
Photography: Shannon Tofts
Shot in Film 35mm - Mercado Central. San José, Costa Rica 2018
'Tales of A Universal Goddess' ⠀
Small-Scale Lighting Sculpture⠀
After many outfit changes (previous animation post), Carol decided to go for this ensamble to celebrate the occasion and the fully come to life using light. ⠀
It is a light-hearted piece but in the end it is a subtle allegory to that Unique Divine Femininity and the Intuitive Strength that comes from generations of all the women that came before us.⠀
Let me introduce you to Carol. She is one of the many universal goddesses that I wanted celebrate with this project. With this animation I want to invite the viewer to get a glimpse into Carol's personal dance when carefully curating what she wears and the lighting sculpture captures that frozen moment in time.⠀
Lighting Sculpture: Found & Blown Glass with Cutting, aluminium lighting and concrete. H46 x D22 x W22cm
Edinburgh, UK 2017••• Después de muchos cambios escogiendo el atuendo perfecto, Carol se decidió por esta combinación de colores y haciéndole tributo al Dios de los Soles
'A Costa Rican artist and designer based in Scotland, Bolaños-Durman is incorporating lighting in her work for the first time; MUSINGS- a canopy of intricate glass flowers that unearth the process of transforming ordinary objects into art.
The five winners of the sixth Jerwood Makers Open are showing off their projects from June 28 to August 27. Marcin Rusak, Juli Bolaños-Durman, Laura Youngson Coll, Jessica Harrison and Sam Bakewell were selected from 271 submissions at the end of 2016, and granted £7500 each to materialise new projects that stretch their oeuvre.'
Originally created for Jerwood Makers Open 2017, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Photo Credits- Anna Arca (detail shots), Hydar Dewachi (opening night) and Shannon Tofts (studio shots).
The Excursion Exhibition at Custom Lane this summer, was a great opportunity to take all the feedback from @craftscouncil 's Hothouse sessions and explore a bit more the different avenues when presenting our work and communicating with our audience.
This is the first time I have showed my sketches and visual explorations that are an integrate part of my practice and are now for sale. Please contact me directly if you are interested.
These are all original quick projects made by me using mixed mediums such as acrylic paints, china ink, coloured pencils, watercolours, pen- to name a few.
Photography: Shannon Tofts
'Waterford Lantern' #tb 2015 Design Workshop at Waterford City of Glass, Ireland- September 2015
I was invited by Róisín de Buitléar (@roisindebuitlear) - artist and leader of the Irish Glass community to participate a design workshop at Waterford Crystal (@waterfordcrystal) and later the symposium #FutureLegacy - Contemporary contexts for Glass in Tourism, Design & Technologies.
We workshop entailed going into the Waterford Crystal Factory to design a contemporary home ware piece using only discarded glass from the factory production. I decided I wanted to design a 'portable chandelier' which later on became 'Crystal Lantern'.
Between Maurice Scanlon (master cutter) in the photo and Greg Sullivan (master engraver) they facilitated the production of our prototypes and the design started to come together. These were by-products of the Waterford factory production, so we repurposed them into a new product.
Photography: Philip Lauterbach (@plpix)
For more photos of the process >>>please visit here<<<
Series of 19 of the headdresses from made-up civilizations.
Found & Blown Glass with cutting
24 x 26 cm approx. each
Photography: Shannon Tofts
The Made-Up Museum of Artefacts Series was inspired by precious heritage objects from historical civilizations, their craftsmanship and cultural legacy. This subject has captivated my imagination and motivated me to appropriate the theme and develop a poetic juxtaposition of the different ideas to construct made-up precious objects through exploratory play. Each object from the series depicts the stories of distant worlds that are not only based on knowledge but more so on imagination.
Series of vessels of remembrance. When developing this idea, I started to look into Lachrymatories: the tiny glass or terracotta vessels, found Roman and late Greek tombs. It is believed that these vessels were used to collect tears when mourning a love one. I find this as a very symbolic and endearing concept to honour the deceased.
Solace Collection: series of bespoke objects- by repurposing found glass and blown pieces transformed and embellished through heritage cutting techniques to create an objet d’art. Each embodies and pays homage to special ideas or souls in our lives.
Dimensions: 39 x 18 cm, 40 x 18 cm & 41 x 17 cm approx.
Series: Ode to Intuición
Group Fourteen -Piece number: 52, 53 & 54 of 60
As soon as I had engraved the three top pieces with white color overlay, I knew that this installation's name would be inspired by Christopher Columbus' voyages and his ships. According to history books, Columbus led his ships 'La PInta, La Niña y La Santa María' in the pursuit of new territories and riches. So when I was invited to participate in the 4th Iberoamericana Design Bienal in Madrid, I knew straight these were the pieces for the occasion. This installation represents the moment when the Iberoamerican concept was born and the cultural exchange that happened after this discovery.
This installation was selected for the 4ª BIENAL IBEROAMERICANA DE DISEÑO. Madrid, Spain. November 2014 l http://www.bid-dimad.org/
from ‘Ode to Intuición’ Series
Materials: Engraved Ceramics and Glass (found objects).
Dimensions: 9 x 9 cm, 30 x 16cm, 6 x 7 cm & 6 x6 cm