Intervju: Julie Wilkinson

“For this window, the inspiration came form MOO’s bags being produced in Italy, which of course has a long history of talented artisans. The pieces are inspired by traditional Italian ceramics, making the display a celebration of Italian craftsmanship in all its forms.”

Vi har tatt en prat med Julie Wilkinson fra Makerie Studio, kunstneren bak det fantastiske julevinduet vårt. Som hun selv skriver, er Julie “the italian half of Makerie Studio”, derfor er intervjuet gjort på engelsk.

Hvem? 

I am Julie Wilkinson, the Italian half of Makerie Studio. 

Hva? 

We design and make bespoke sculptures for a range of international clients.

Hvor? 

I live and work in St Hanshaugen, Oslo.

Hvor finner du inspirasjon? 

It depends a lot on the project. For this window, the inspiration came form MOO’s bags being produced in Italy, which of course has a long history of talented artisans. The pieces are inspired by traditional Italian ceramics, making the display a celebration of Italian craftsmanship in all its forms. We loved the idea of making such a colourful and eye-catching display for Christmas, and one that evokes ‘the good plates’ being brought out for Christmas meals. Having kids in a foreign country has given me a new perspective on my home country, and it’s wonderful to be able to work with brands that value its products and traditions. 

Hva er den perfekte hverdagsvesken for deg? 

A very large and very resistant one – I have two kids and a practical job, so I need something that can hold my laptop, assorted tools and a couple of bananas without getting destroyed 🙂

Fortell litt om din reise som designer og kunster.

It’s still very much evolving to be honest, particularly lately. Although I always wanted to become an artist, I studied Graphic Design because I was more attracted to that style of direct communication, and studying art seemed a little too abstract to me at the time. During university I was lucky enough to meet Joy, leading us to both gradually transition to sculpture and eventually start Makerie Studio. Now, after over ten years creating pieces for some truly wonderful clients, we are examining our values as artists and how to ensure our vision for a project shines through in the pieces we make, regardless of logistics. I am also dipping my toes into product design, which is super exciting and something I can’t wait to share more of! 

Hva er ditt drømmeprosjekt? 

This is impossible to answer! I have so many 🙂 I would love to work with more Norwegian brands; in Norway there seems to be a lot of respect for things taking time, and as someone who likes to build things carefully I really appreciate that. The more I deal with the logistics of large-scale construction, the more I think that the ideal project is also one where we have all the materials we need when we need them, and enough hands to build everything as it deserves to be built. Then of course there’s creative freedom, which is what I value most when working with clients – and that’s what makes our projects with Moo so much fun! Karianne being such a creative soul is very inspiring, and allows us to build unique pieces that haven’t been seen anywhere else.  

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