Sandra Junele

Sandras work is known for its minimalist design, tactile quality, and focus on interior applications. Junele takes pride in creating unique and sustainable wall panel installations and custom-molded shapes, using shredded recycled yarn waste mixed with handmade plant-based glue. This innovative approach allows the material to be easily broken down and reused by submerging it in water, offering endless possibilities for reuse.

During the pandemic, she decided to take a break from university for a year. This break gave her the opportunity to explore different paths and try out various jobs, such as interior design, event decoration, photography, and videography. During this time, Sandra discovered that she had a strong passion for working with waste materials.

As she returned to university for her final year, her focus became clear: looking at sustainability and waste materials.

Over the course of a year, Sandra managed to collect and save an impressive 124,351 kilograms of waste yarn that would have otherwise ended up in landfills. This waste yarn was sourced from local designers and textile manufacturers, and she is proud to have contributed to reducing waste in our community.

Sandra Junele

Textile wall art and interior objects designer
BA (Hons) Textile Design  

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design

Statement

Sandra Junele is an award-winning textile artist based in Dundee, Scotland with a background in interior design and textile design. Her work is known for its minimalist design, tactile quality, and focus on interior applications. Junele takes pride in creating unique and sustainable wall panel installations and custom-molded shapes, using shredded recycled yarn waste mixed with handmade plant-based glue. This innovative approach allows the material to be easily broken down and reused by submerging it in water, offering endless possibilities for reuse.

Junele’s passion for recycling originated from her childhood in Latvia, where she watched her grandfather creating furniture from discarded wood. This early experience sparked her interest in repurposing materials that would otherwise end up in landfills. Today, she specialises in working with yarn waste, transforming what was once considered waste into art.

By using recycled materials, Junele strives to motivate others to think creatively about reducing their environmental impact. Although yarn waste poses specific challenges, she believes that addressing these issues one step at a time, fuelled by creativity and determination, can pave the way towards a future characterised by reduced waste.

Junele’s work has gained attention from publications such as Interiors Monthly, The Skinny, and Let’s Knit. She has also had the privilege of collaborating with companies such as Camira and Hallmark.

Materials and Techniques

Organic plant-based glue
Thread yarn waste

Exhibitions/Commission:

Commission for Camira, Clerkenwell Design Week (May 2023)

Exhibition at the Kunstgewerbe Museum Berlin during the Berlin Design Week (May 2023)

The Graduate Show 2023. Tatha Gallery (February 2023)

Commission for Knitwear brand Jo-Amy (Dundee, August 2022)
New Designers show (London, June 2022)

Awards:

New Designers. Hallmark Connection Award (June 2022)

The Tailor Incorporation of Dundee Award for Innovation in Style Cut and Structure (June 2022)

Fife Contemporary. New Maker Award (June 2022)