Julia Mior makes minimalist rugs that look like modern pieces of art. Based in Vancouver, BC, she uses weaving to delve into the realm of the domestic within the visual arts, creating original textile work for commercial retail as well as private and public commission.
Graduating with Bachelors of Fine Art in painting from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied painting and later embroidery, Mior has exhibited her work in showrooms in Vancouver and New York City.
“Weaving is so much more immediate than embroidery, which makes it very therapeutic,” she shared with MONTECRISTO Magazine. After purchasing a tufting gun, she taught herself how to use it. “It took me forever to figure out how it worked. It only works in one direction, and I didn’t understand that part,” she recalled. But now, of course, her whole studio is based around the production of rugs and other hand tufted textiles.
Her tufted textiles focus mainly on plump, illustrated characters that remind of Matisse and Tracey Emin, with a nod to the perspectives inspired by Kazimir Malevich. “The rugs are made to be put on the ground,” she admitted. “A lot of people who buy my work want to hang them, but that isn’t necessarily how I intend it.”
But looking at her work it’s easy to see why people feel bad stepping on it.