Maman was established as a contemporary space for the sophisticated stylish woman. A place where carefully curated fashion sit alongside beautiful objects for your home and lifestyle including art which has become a significant part of the Maman story. At the top of the art game is Julz Donald, a multi-media artist who creates large format resin artworks here in New Zealand. Our founders Kate and Emma have both long been lovers of art and a chance meeting at school pick up one day led them to Julz. Over the years the three of them have forged a friendship that has become a mutual support of each other’s family, passions and work, leading them to successfully partner and collaborate.
Julz is self-taught and like all of us starting out in business, she began small by making earrings for her friends and family. Julz had always loved creating; played the cello throughout school years, and enjoying the art direction side of her early career in advertising and graphic design. Growing up in Tasmania, it wasn’t until Julz had her kids (she is the proud mum of three gorgeous girls) that she moved to New Zealand and began to explore her artistry. She now loves creating large-scale resin pieces. “I love how ethereal resin is, how it flows and how it has a wild and unpredictable element which can’t always be controlled.” Often inspired by nature and the colour, vitality and atmosphere of her travels, her pieces are striking yet whimsical due to the multiple layers of acrylic, gold foil and collage materials which subtly appear beneath the resin layers.
Our Maman Women team met Julz at her Remuera Studio and just like her artwork, she makes you feel welcome with an ease that makes you believe you have known her a lifetime. Her studio is a hive of activity with stunning works in progress and finished pieces ready to find their new homes sitting proud on the walls. You can feel the inspiration in her art; the places she has seen in her earlier life. From exciting, bustling cities to tranquil, dreamy rainforests, it is all there in the layers of resin. It gives us such joy to share Julz’s story and work with you. We are so proud to have her artworks on the walls of Maman and to give our community the avenues to purchase one of her pieces for themselves.
** To enquire about Julz current available artworks, please call the boutique on (09) 520 1020
Introducing Julz Donald