Julie Kiechel

Kiechel has worked in manufacturing, marketing, and design, with projects ranging from her own line of women’s apparel, to a collection of jewelry produced in collaboration with Calphalon cookware. In 2004, Kiechel honed in her design and manufacturing experience into a MFA in metals from Bowling Green State University. Her experiences working with manufacturing facilities, the fashion industry, and the fine arts have developed strong connections to materials as well as an awareness of the complex and often problematic issues surrounding material culture.

Kiechel uses a color palatte of black, white, and red, and manufactured materials such as vinyl, high-density foam, and industrial felt. Although the materials and design aesthetic are distinctly modern, much of her visual reference has ancient roots. There are three main forms repeated in the exhibition- scrolls, simplified apparel forms and Cycladic figures.