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Professor Julia Lohmann

Born in Germany, Julia Lohmann spent her childhood climbing trees and railroad bridges in a nature reserve near her home, befriending stray dogs on caravan trips across Europe and collecting driftwood for sculptures with her father 

She moved to the UK to study for a BA Hons in Graphic Design at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Epsom and graduated in 2001 with a book on artwork created by maggots, which she curated and displayed together with partner Gero Grundmann in a series of unofficial exhibitions and performances at Tate Modern, London.

After a short stint at an advertising agency, Julia moved to Iceland to work on a horse and sheep farm before commencing her MA in Design Products at the RCA. The stark contrast between her time in Iceland and life in consumer culture London became a catalyst for her subsequent work on the transformation of livestock into materials and objects.

Since graduation in 2004, Julia has been running her own eponymous design practice. She is Professor for Design at the University of Fine Arts, Hamburg (HFBK). Her objects and installations are exhibited worldwide and form part of major private and public collections such as the British Council, UK and MoMA, New York.

Julia Lohmann has received awards, bursaries and support from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the British Council, Jerwood Contemporary Makers, D&AD, Stanley Picker Gallery, the Arts Foundation, S-AIR residency in Sapporo, Japan and the AHRC.


Department of Seaweed at V&A. Image courtesy of the artist


Professor Julia Lohmann will be featuring in Session 1 - Materials

Make:Shift Presenters

Dr Sarat Babu
Julia Bennett
Lauren Bowker
Gerard Briscoe
Mark Burrows
Annabelle Campbell
Mark Champkins
Professor Daniel Charny
Amy Congdon
Professor Geoffrey Crossick
Gina Czarnecki
Boris Debackere
Matt Durran
Lizete Druka
Michael Eden
Gregory Epps
Bronac Ferran
Grant Gibson
Dr Karen Ingham
Michelle Kasprzak
Professor Roger Kneebone
Dr Zoe Laughlin
Professor Julia Lohmann
Martina Margetts
Alex McLean
Tom Metcalfe
Dr Mark Miodownik
Ammar Mirjan
Gareth Neal
Professor Raymond Oliver
Dr Claire Pajaczkowska
Professor Mike Press
Fi Scott
Professor Lucy Di Silvio
Rhian Soloman
Dr Becky Stewart
Dries Verbruggen