Julienne Dolphin Wilding was born in London in 1960 and has worked as an applied and environmental artist since 1987.
Julienne is well known for her large scale one off chairs made from a wide
selection of unconventional materials. To avoid any pigeon holing she
describes herself as an environmental artist. She is determined to stay
open and experimental. Her concerns are ecological and work within this
framework is evident in her diverse portfolio.
vary from recycled and reclaimed wood, metal, and stone, for example
factory waste, driftwood and ‘drift metal’ dug up at low tide from the
Thames riverbed, and architectural salvage. Other materials are
‘context crossovers’ from a wide use of new ‘off the shelf’ materials
of all types, rubber flooring used as table surfacing for example. Also
Julienne specialises in extensive use of difficult and unpopular
materials, such as yew tree.
She builds up small collections
based on narrative themes for exhibitions as well as working to
commission. Pieces can be made for retail from her vast product range. She
has accomplished an impressive body of work including garden design and
construction, water features, furniture of all functions, installation
and site-specific sculpture.
Examples of her work include ‘one
off’ chairs made from her diverse range of unconventional materials
such as storm-felled hornbeam Thames bog oak and carved telegraph
poles. She has made huge yew tables, wooden sinks made from different
hard woods and a jigsaw puzzle profile of a complete ash tree. She has
worked in collaborations with other artists and designers. Her work has
been distributed in Europe, U.S. and Japan.
high-backed chairs are functional for in and outdoor use, and create
unusual and sculptural pieces…All the materials used would otherwise be
left for waste. They take on a new role which exploits their
individuality and irregularity – precisely those characteristics which
preclude their use in most applications.
The inherent qualities and features of the materials used inspire the themes for the art works.”
Dorothy Mackenzie, Green Design, design for the environment.
Public Art Commissions and Projects1990 National Garden Festival, Gateshead: 8 chairs, fence, interior fittings, bed.
1990 Southern Arts, Oxfordshire County Park.
Cotswold stone arm chair and stone sofa, mixed metal floor sculpture
1992 Red or Dead Shop, Kensington, London.
Staircase, wall installation, shelving units for Palladium. Product signs.
1992 Blazer plc:
Chairs for shop interior
1993 Red or Dead, Covent Garden, London
Metal relief murals for shop interior
1995 Dr Martens Shop, Covent Garden, London
Staircase wall installations, relief murals, mixed media for shop interior
1996 Black Country Route, Bilston,
Art consultants Public Art Commissions Agency (PACA)
Complete domestic sitting room made from salvaged Yew wood
1996 Dr Martens Shop, Covent Garden
Collaboration with Din Associates
Central display units, signs, relief murals, mixed media for shop
1997/8 Private Garden, London.Wind & Water features, planted settle, murals.
1999 Private Garden, London.Yew dry wood wall & decking, end grain paths.
2000 Residency at Blickling Hall, National Trust, Norfolk
Artist in residency programme for English Year Of The Artist, eyota
Site specific sculpture, bridge/banqueting table across the ha ha
‘Bridging the Gap (Ha Ha!)Thanksgiving banquet’, with American,
English and African cast wood dust food.
2001 Loch Lomond, National Park, Scotland. ‘White Hot’, Quartz flood wall.
2002 One Tree.177 piece jig saw puzzle, two chairs.
2003 Private Garden, London. Water feature and planters.
2004 High Lodge Forest, Thetford Forest, Suffolk ‘Core Sample-Matrix Revealed’
2008 Eureka Sculpture for children’s museum park, Halifax, UK.
Solo Exhibitions1988 0101 Gallery, London
1989 Joseph, Chelsea, London
1990 Joseph, Knightsbridge, London
1991 Winchester Gallery, (Tour 1991) UK
1991 Braughton Castle, UK
1991 Red House Museum, UK
1991 Upton Park Heritage Garden, UK
1991 Salisbury Festival, UK
1992 Splinter Gallery, London
1992 Joseph, Chelsea, London
1993 Hammersmith Gallery, London
1993 Aspectos Gallery, Barcelona
1994 Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
1994 Alejandro Sales Gallery, Barcelona
1995 Backspace Gallery, Barcelona
1996 Alejandro Sales Gallery, Barcelona
1999 Plateaux Gallery, London
1999 Rich Women of Zurich, London
2004 Fleetwood Museum, UK (Tour)
2005 Turton Tower, UK (Tour)
2005 Rossendale Museum, UK (Tour)
Group Exhibitions1988 Thrones, Giray gallery, London
1988 Aspects of Applied Arts, Show House Garden, London
1988 Top Office, Janet Street Porter and Din Assoc, London
1988 Edinburgh Festival, Prescote Art, Scotland
1988 Chairs, Foyer Galleries, Royal Festival Hall, London
1989 International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Jacob Javits Centre, New York
1989 The Cultivated Garden, Pullens House, Oxford, uk
1989 Art Furniture, Crucial Gallery, London
1989 Crafts Council Side Show, I.C.A. London
1989 British Design for Pentagon, Tokyo
1990 Festival Landmarks, Nation Garden Festival, Gateshead, uk
1990 International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Jacob Javits Centre, New York
1990 Furniture for the 20th, ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ Century, New York.
1990 Les Arts Del Segle xx, Ricardo Mora Gallery, Andorra
1990 Diverse Cultures, Crafts Council Gallery, London
1991 The Avant Garden, Barbican Centre, London
1991 The Avant Garden, Edinburgh Festival, Royal Botanic Gardens, Scotland
1993 Mercat d’idees, Palau Riena, Barcelona
1993 Women in wood, Mid Pennine Arts, uk
1994 West for New Material Workshop, Tokyo
1995 Hannah Prechar Sculpture Garden, Dorking, uk
1994 Art en su Entorno, Alejandro Sales Gallery, Bacelona
1994 Out Of This World, Crafts Council Gallery, London
1995 Collage, Alejandro Sales Gallery, Barcelona
1996 Casa Décor, Barcelona
1997 Living at Belsay, Belsay Manor house, Newcastle, uk
1996 Casa Décor, Barcelona
1996 Recycling, Forms for the Next Century, Crafts Council Gallery, London
1997 Hannah Prechar Sculpture Garden, Dorking, uk
1998 Hats Off, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
1999 Stick, Winchester Gallery, uk
1999 Reclaimed-Acclaimed, Crafts Space Touring, uk
2002 One Tree, The Geffrye Museum (tour) London.
2002 Installation, Saint Pancras Chambers. London
2003 Garden sculpture, Maureen Michaelson contemporary arts. London
2004 Nature Ganz Kunst, Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe. Hamburg
2004 Collect, Maureen Michealson Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum. London
2005 [re] design Sustainable design show. London Design Festival.
2006 [re] design Sustainable design show. London Design Festival.
Artist in residency1990 National Garden Festival, Gateshead. UK.
1990 Southern Arts UK. Oxfordshire County,
1996 Black Country Route, Uk. Bilston. Art consultants
1997 Artpace, San Antonio, Texas, USA, with Anya Gallaccio.
1998 British School at Rome, Italy, with Anya Gallaccio.
1999 Public Art Commissions Agency (PACA) Trustee
1999 Kanazawa College of Art. Japan. Visiting lecturer/artist.
2000 Residency at Blickling Hall, National Trust, UK. Norfolk.
2000 English Year Of The Artist, (eyota). UK
2002 Loch Lomond Shores, National Park, Scotland, UK.
2005 High Lodge Forest Centre, UK. Thetford Forest, Suffolk
84 Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (A.L.R.A)
Set designer and construction manager
1998 Donmar Warehouse Productions, London Prop designer/maker
Educational Projects1988 Eccentrics, Assisted Art Student Project, Oxford
1988 Collage, Primary School Project, Oxford
1989 Chain Link, Primary School Project, London.
1993 A Surrealist Objets Trouves Self Portrait,
Greens Bilsdon College, West Midlands
1995 Surreal Furniture, John Makepiece summer workshop
Parnham House, Hooke Park, Dorset
1999 3D Sketch model, Tate Gallery Children’s Education Dept.
2003-4 Sculpture workshops, High Lodge Forest Centre, Thetford
2010 Art for Feedback Madagascar. Madagascar.
Teaching1998 Loughborough University. BA Furniture Course, visiting lecturer
1993- Kingston University, London. BA Furniture - and
2007 Sustainable Design Courses, visiting lecturer
1999 Kanazawa College of Art. Japan. Visiting lecturer.
2005 Central Saint Martins, London. BA Art and design course, visiting lecturer.
2005 University College for the creative Arts. BA Applied Art, visiting lecturer.
2005-7Kingston University, London. Made Senior Lecturer
09/10 Barcelona Institute of European Design, tutor/technician.
Exhibition Design2011 Barcelona FAD (Fostering Art and Design) designer/technician. Austrian Design Exhibition "Surprising Ingenuity".