Juliana Scherzer is a textile artist working with preserved leaves and ecoprinting. Her work explores the role of humanity in the natural world through the subtle repetition of structures and patterns in deciduous trees, craft, the human body, and city environments. Similarities between the seemingly opposite ideas of natural and artificial are highlighted through manipulation of organic materials with textile techniques, drawing upon repeating organic imagery of pathways, roots, veins, and woven structures.
Juliana creates quilts with fallen leaves and ecoprinted fabric, collecting and preserving leaves keeping them indefinitely flexible. The leaves are cut, sewn, and woven like fabric into modern, asymmetrical botanical quilts. These quilts bring about reflection on the process of creation, humanity's interaction with its environment, confronting one's own individualism outside of nature and contemplation of one's sense of place in relation to nature.
After graduating from Sheridan College with a Bachelor of Craft and Design (2018), Juliana spent three years as an artist-in-residence at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design where she continued to build her practice while branching out into production work and teaching textile and art courses in the community. In 2021 Juliana relocated to Toronto to join Harbourfront Centre's Artist-in-Residence Program.