Julia Körner is an award-winning Austrian designer working at the convergence of architecture, product and fashion design, specialized in 3D-printing. Her work stands out, recognized at the top level of these disciplines, where it has been featured internationally in world-renown museums, institutions and publications. She is founder and director of JK Design GmbH. Her recent collaborations involved 3D-Printed fashion pieces developed with Haute Couture Houses for Paris Fashion weeks and Hollywood Entertainment Productions such as MARVEL's superhero blockbuster Black Panther. Julia is a graduate of the Architectural Association, London and University of Applied Arts, Vienna; she is a faculty member at the University of California, Los Angeles since 2012.
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Austin Fields is an emerging artist and glassblower, working and pursuing creative projects and interior installations. Austin’s blown glass work embodies the visual interaction of light and space, emphasizing reflection, refraction and abstraction of surrounding environments. She has recently completed several private interior installations and was invited to be the featured artist working with the brand OPI on their 2020 “Neo-Pearl” campaign. Austin graduated from University Texas at Arlington in 2017 with a BFA in Glass and moved to Los Angeles where she maintains her studio practice.
Through a variety of material investigations Julia Koerner and Austin Fields create synthesis between two distinctive technologies. Julia specialises in cutting-edge computational design and 3D-printing, while Austin specialises in non-traditional glass-blowing techniques. The convergence of these processes and virtual collaboration in this unprecedented time lead to the creation of 18 designs in which they investigate ‘duality’. They are interested in texture & pattern, reflections & light & fluidity. ‘Virtual Bloom’ speaks directly to the unique circumstances and challenges they are currently facing as artists and their ambition to inspire and connect through these new times.