MEET THE MAKER : Juli Bolaños-Durman


Juli Bolaños-Durman collaborated with furniture designer Studio Walac to create ‘The Isles of Reclaimed Wonderment’, a new series of 12 one-of-a-kind lighting sculptures.


The collection invites audiences to wander into a world of fantasy – a departure from the usual representations of lighting. The Isles come to life using locally found glass that has been collected, rescued and treasured over the years from the community, alongside graphic wood cutouts. With compassion at our forefront, each component is carefully uplifted and embellished through heritage hand-cutting techniques and graphic mark-makings.


The Costa Rican & French duo (respectively) have worked together for the first time to transform waste material into fantastical and functional pieces. By focusing on the beauty of slowing down, appreciating the potential of the waste around us and how the spirit of the discarded is renewed; hence becoming beacons for social change. This methodology is a quiet, poetic act of rebellion; a challenge to our current consumer habits and the status quo.


A North Lands Creative Production made possible with support from Creative Europe & Creative Scotland In Partnership with – ISGNE, Glass Point, NCAD, Berlin Glas Ev. 

Image: IRW, WxJBD, 2021. Photography: Shannon Tofts

Film: Ewan Stewart – Filmmaker

Juli Bolaños-Durman

Emerging Costa Rican Artist & Designer based in Scotland with a background in Graphic Design, mixed-media and recent immersion into the glass material. This specific set of experiences give Juli a fresh and versatile vision when approaching research and the creative process by repurposing found objects and transforming them into precious artefacts that tell a story.


Winner of Jerwood Makers Open 2017, the ELLE DECORATION British Design Awards 2015- ECO DESIGN Category, Awarded Exceptional Talent (Promise) Visa endorsed by the Arts Council UK, Inches Carr Scottish Craft Award 2017, and her work is included in the collection of Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts (MUDAC) Collection. Lausanne, CH., Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections Museum, National Glass Centre Collection 2021 & the Royal Edinburgh Hospital 2022, UK.


glass lives 2022

Glass Lives explores the human relationship with glass making and material. Uncovering some of the exceptional European master artisans using long-held traditions, skills and knowledge.


Glass Lives celebrates the visionary embodiment of both creativity and craftsmanship by European master artisans at the highest level of excellence. Supported by the EU Creative Europe Programme, collaboration lies at the heart of what the ISGNE network represents, encouraging exchange and fostering a sense of building a stronger glass community.