Julia Mior’s rugs and other hand-tufted textiles look like modern art pieces meant to hang in a museum if anything. Based in Vancouver, BC, Mior uses weaving to delve into the realm of the domestic within the visual arts.
A blend of fine art and the utilitarian, her pieces feature minimalist illustrations of plump characters with references from Matisse to Tracey Emin, and a nod to the perspectives inspired by Kazimir Malevich. With women being her primary source of inspiration – her forever muse – it makes sense that most of these plump characters are female.
“I love women. We’re the best,” she joked in an interview with vitruvi. Indeed, her subjects and themes acknowledge the deep-seeded history of women-made textiles and the gender power dynamics that have progressed through craft history.
But she admits that most of her clients feel bad for stepping on her textile art. “Having people come over when I first started making them, they were everywhere and I’d be like, ‘Get on the ground. Roll!’ That was my first thought for interaction: force people to get down in there,” she recalled. “And they were like, ‘What do I do? Do I step on it?’ They were walking around, taking off their shoes, pacing the border of it.”
In the world of instant gratification, Mior slows down and creates work that invites comfort while examining the female imprint within craft and art.
Take a closer look.