What is julimorsella.com?
This website covers Juli Morsella’s contemporary marquetry art and her contemporary marquetry design work. For Juli Morsella’s art portfolio site, go to jmorsella.com.
The design landing page describes new designs and interiors. The design pages are for architects, interior designers and home owners interested in custom wood veneer interior design elements for doors, cabinets, wainscots and any other two dimensional surfaces. Juli designs from scratch for each individual project, proposing designs that reflect the individual needs and personalities of the clients.
Juli Morsella is committed to using reclaimed woods, eco-friendly materials, and donating 10% of my earnings to projects that help the Earth and its inhabitants.
Marquetry, sometimes called wood inlay, is an ancient craft in which veneers of different colours are cut and placed together to form pictures or designs. The finished veneer design is glued onto a plywood carcass for stability and strength . After studying this technique for years in Italy as the sole apprentice to a marquetry maestro in Umbria, Juli spent many more years on trial error and experimentation developing a unique style and technique of a contemporary art form.
All Juli’s works are original one-offs in wood veneers. Except for the pure black, all the wood colours are natural unstained woods. All the cutting is done by hand, then the veneer is glued with eco-freindly mastic to a surface with a veneer press. Follow these links for more information on technique and our green commitment.
“Choices”, last in the Red and White Caftan Series
“Choices”, Red and White Caftan series, 30″X22″. Walnut, walnut and other burls, paduk, maple, poplar, coloured pencils, found mineral pastes.
This is the last in this series. Here I used for the first time some mineral pastes/almost oil paint I have made with much experimentation from bits of minerals I find in the mountains.
Artist Breaks Away From Squares!
One of the beauties of wood is not being confined by the almighty square/rectangle shape that define most of our artwork. Free to use whatever form is interesting, I have been experimenting for years with all kinds of shapes, mostly with large abstract pieces, multiple piece murals that can hang alone or in groups, and what I call “walkable art”. These wooden rugs, are my way of poking a little fun at art being put on a pedestal-you walk on this art! This works especially well in Hawaii and other places where shoes are not worn indoors as the pieces are designed to withstand bare feet, not stilettos. The “rugs” have tapered edges and can also be designed as actual inserts in parquet floors, providing dramatic and unique accents.
I See, I Hear, I Speak
Three panels 38″X23″ each Rosewood, walnut,burls, gold leaf, coloured pencils
This is the first piece in a new series tentatively called “The Nature of Birth”. This one, “Breaking Apart” is about metamorphoses.
I am currently working on another on about birth of new generations.
Contemporary Marquetry Portraiture: “Solitaire”
Solitaire, Red and White Caftan series, 34″X17″, walnut, poplar, paduk, maple, mineral pastes, coloured pencils.
Contemporary Marquetry Art in Portrature
As a contemporary marquetry artist, I am constantly trying new techniques. It is a challenge to respect the traditions of marquetry, which I studied in depth during a three year apprenticeship with one of Italy’s top marquetriers, while also seeking a more contemporary expression for it.
One of the ways I have done this is by using paint on the finished wood veneer panels. Another can be seen in this latest work, called Know Thyself. Here I used not only watercolour but also coloured pencils.
Discordant Harmony, Red and White Caftan Series,23″X14″. Walnut, Paduk, Maple, Poplar, Redwood burl, mineral spirits, coloured pencils.
In this piece, Discordant Harmony, I wanted to push the envelope with the improbable juxtaposition of marquetry and subtle realistic shading, reflecting the state of mind I associate with the age represented, when childhood and adulthood clash and blend with often unexpected hybrid results.
23″X28″, koa, mango, oak, poplar, mahogany, walnut and burl wood veneers, mineral pastes, watercolour. (detail)
“After the Beach”
This is a detail of “After the Beach”, from my new painted figurative series. The marquetry is painted with very thin veils of watercolor, many many layers, and I try to achieve a balance between design, wood and paint. The full size image can be seen in the figurative gallery.