Dr. Julie Hollenbach is an Assistant Professor of Craft History and Material Culture. She received her PhD from Queen’s University (2017) for her SSHRC funded research, “The Social Practice of Crafting: Gender, Race, and Class in Western Craft.” This research expanded considerations of amateur and professional craft as a gendered and classed activity to explicitly consider how craft is a racializing process that enshrines whiteness under settler colonialism. Her interdisciplinary scholarly, artistic, and curatorial work uses queer, feminist, disability, anti-colonial, and critical race frameworks to engage with cultural production at the intersections of history and location, tradition and ritual, contact and connection, and meaning and use.
Dr. Hollenbach’s current scholarly research focuses on craft as a “contact zone.” Her historical research studies craft’s so-called “civilizing” role within nineteenth-century Canadian settler colonial society. An important aspect of Dr. Hollenbach’s work on the colonial imperative in western craft is a consideration of the extractive and entitled logic that undergirds the appropriation of non-western cultural objects, materials, and techniques in modern craft without credit or consideration of historical and cultural context.
Another area of Dr. Hollenbach’s current research is a critical race analysis of contemporary amateur crafting cultures, especially “craftivism” (crafty activism), which interrogates the associations between femininity, middle-class social position, and whiteness within domestic crafts, leisure, and lifestyle activism. This research assesses how amateur crafting practices are tied fundamentally to the maker’s sense of self, and how that self is connected to local and global social formations and circumstances.
|Soon||Julie Hollenbach, “The Seeds of an Orange: Meditations on Reverberations and Cultural Sovereignty in the Craftwork of Tyshan Wright,” In Handmade Assembly (Sackville, NB: Strutts ARC).|
|2022||Julie Hollenbach, “Curating the Living Room: A Queer Feminist Decolonial Intervention in Public and Private Spaces,” In PUBLIC, Special Issue (Beyond Unsettling: Methodologies for Decolonizing Futures) (2022).|
|2021||Julie Hollenbach and Robin McDonald, eds., ReImagining Depression: Creative Approaches to Feeling Bad (London: Palgrave-Macmillan Press, 2021).|
|2020||Julie Hollenbach and Carla Taunton, “Unsettling Settler Possession,” in Visual Arts News (Fall 2020).|
|2019||Julie Hollenbach, “Moving Beyond a Modern Craft: Thoughts on White Entitlement and Cultural Appropriation in Professional Craft in Canada,” in Studio Magazine (Spring/Summer 2019).|
|2019||Julie Hollenbach, “Art and Stuff: How Spaces Structure Our Engagement with Objects,” in Sitelines (Halifax, NS: Eyelevel ARC, 2019).|
|2019||Marty Fink and Julie Hollenbach, “Fat Camp: A Conversation on YA Fiction, Fat Shame, and Queer Love,” in Thickening Fat: Fat Bodies, Intersectionality and Social Justice, edited by Jen Rinaldi, May Friedman, and Carla Rice (New York: Routledge, 2019).|
|2018||Julie Hollenbach, “In the Body: 10 Artists Who Use Pleasure to Defy and Subvert,” in Canadian Art (Winter 2018).|
|2016||Julie Hollenbach, “Are Potlucks the New Artist Talks?” In Canadian Art, November 6, 2016. Online.
|2016||Julie Hollenbach, “Ruth Marsh: Ideal Bounds,” exhibition text (Calgary, AB: The New Gallery, 2016).
Select curatorial projects, exhibition work, and facilitation:
|2022||Panelist: “Encounters: Challenging Limits–A Conversation on Inclusion in Canadian Craft.” Virtual Roundtable presented by artsUNITE and Studio Magazine: Shiemara Hogarth, Karyn Recollet, Julie Hollenbach, moderated by Nehal El-Hadi. 29 January 2022.|
|2022||Keynote presentation: Julie Hollenbach, Robin Alex McDonald, and Justice Walz, “Everyday Altars.” International Women’s Week annual lecture series. Virtual keynote presentation and workshop. Nipissing University.|
|2021||Symposium Presentation: “Tending to Craft: Unsettling Methodologies for Craft Research and Creation.” Craft Ways 2021: Tending to Craft. Virtual Symposium. Center for Craft and Warren Wilson College.|
|2021||2021 – Podcast episode: Julie Hollenbach and Carla Taunton, “Decolonization, Settler Responsibility, and Treaty Principles.” CAA Conversations Podcast. 15 March 2021.|
|2020||Conference presentation: “Whose Personal is Political?: Troubling Privileged Affect in White Feminist Craftivism.” Textile Society of America (TSA) virtual symposium. Boston, Massachusetts.
|2020||Facilitator: “We Regret to Inform You,” speakers series featuring Merray Gerges, Kaashif Ghanie, Masuma Khan, Tara Taylor, Charvel Rappos. Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
|2020||Organizer: “For the Love of Sandra Alfoldy,” exhibition, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.|
|2020||Co-curator: with Dr. Sandra Alfoldy and Shannon Parker, “Good Red Earth: The Pots and Passion of Walter Ostrom,” Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia.|
|2018||Curator: “Unpacking the Living Room,” MSVU Art Gallery, Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.