Julie was born and raised in Hong Kong by her Swiss parents before heading to Paris to study textile design at Duperré, and then to New York to explore product design at Parsons. After a few years working in New York, she came back to her Hong Kong roots to launch Latitude 22N and Julie & Jesse with her husband Jesse Mc Lin.
Spending most of her life in Hong Kong has not only taught Julie how to perfectly dodge passers-by on the sidewalk, it has also given her a taste for the eclectic, for patchwork and for the bits and pieces that make up this incredible city. She finds inspiration in cultural crossovers to collate and collect the colors and patterns that fuel her thoughts.
About the work
The intricate and excessive Obsessions art prints were created between 2020 and 2022 as a release from growing impulses brought about by the lockdowns during the pandemic – namely cooking and cleaning.
These highly detailed illustrations take their cue from the densely decorated “Mille Fleurs”- in Chinese wan hua dui, (‘ten thousand flowers piled up’,) – patterns traditionally painted on porcelain. They were reshaped to embrace daily rituals of food preparation and cleansing.
“To rid myself of worries during the pandemic, I delved into meticulous projects. Drawing complex and minute illustrations helped to take my mind off from any surfacing compulsions to clean and cook. Instead, I decided to transform these obsessions into humorous evocations of nature instead.”