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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.

Her materials 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.

“Huge, graceful, 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 Projects

1990    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 Exhibitions

1988    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 Exhibitions

1988    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 residency

1990    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 Projects

1988    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.


1998   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 Design

2011   Barcelona FAD (Fostering Art and Design) designer/technician. Austrian Design Exhibition "Surprising Ingenuity".