Berlin-based artist and designer Julia Danckwerth started her career path in fashion and graduated from the Weißensee Kunsthochschule in 2014. Since then she has gone on to do a PhD, has founded her own fashion label and illustrates whenever she has a spare moment. Her art is mainly figurative and minimalistic: omitting features to create an “aesthetic of absence”.

What techniques and mediums do you use to create your illustrations?

About 80% of my work is analogue, 20% digital – to finish off the illustrations. I mainly use really fine pencils.

Have any artists or musicians influenced you?

I admire the work of Sasha Waltz, Karl Otto Götz and Egon Schiele.

How do you conduct your research?

I try to regard reading literature, doing research, sketches and making prototypes as a cyclical process.

What inspires you?

The dialogue with the body, our perception of it and our awareness of it.


Your PhD project sounds exciting. Tell us about it!

I am concentrating on the relationship between people, machines and bodies – focussing on visibility, awareness and perception. I am exploring the topic of our bodies and fashion as a type of interface.


Let’s talk about the artwork, which you’re selling with us at JUNIQE. How is your fashion aesthetic represented in your illustrations?

I think that’s a difficult question to answer. I value a pared-back aesthetic, which is something that is reflected in my 2-D and 3-D work.

What is your favourite type of work?

I like doing a lot of things, especially alternating between brainstorming, researching and creating.


If you could work together with a famous artist – dead or alive – who would that be and why?

I would choose Sasha Waltz or Karl Otto Götz. I am fascinated by the fact that both artists didn’t just introduce a new kind of aesthetic, but also materialised and developed it.


What would be your dream project?

To materialise the invisible and to make the material invisible.


Thanks Julia!