As a contemporary fiber artist, Julie Kornblum combines ancient arts with the immediacy of the plastic pollution crisis. She weaves, knits, crochets, and make baskets from the stuff we all throw away: disposable packaging, abandoned plastic objects, and industrial surplus.
Over the past 15 years, Julie has exhibited widely, has been published in books and magazines, has curated art exhibitions and has coordinated large public yarnbombing projects. She speaks about the plastic pollution crisis that informs her artwork and teaches workshops.
Julie’s love of fiber arts is rooted among her earliest memories of her mother at the sewing machine. Her grandmother knit and crocheted constantly and taught her to crochet during one of her family’s summer visits from Arizona to their hometown in Pennsylvania. She learned to sew in Junior High, and it was like she was born to do it. She also explored embroidery, crochet, macramé, batik.
Upon arriving in LA at age twenty, the only real skill she had was sewing. Sewing for income lead to the Fashion Design program at Los Angeles Trade Technical College and becoming a pattern maker in the garment industry. Marriage and children followed a few years later while teaching Fashion Design at Otis College of Art and Design and attending night classes to complete her AA degree. Julie taught at Otis for seven years and transferred to California State University Northridge to complete her bachelor’s degree in Art.