The latest in our series of creative profiles focusses on creative Juliana Horner.
Work by Juliana Horner
Interview by Emily Beard
Hi Juliana! Tell us a little about yourself for anyone who is not familiar?
Hello, nice to meet you! I am the oldest of 7 children and hail from Nashville, Tennessee “Music City”. My mother is a designer and my father is a computer programmer; I carry both aesthetic and technological interests in equal parts. I love creating, I love challenges, I love independence.
Now you go by the name ‘@__1__2__7__’. What was the thought behind your decision to leave behind your ‘Glittrsmack’ name and your book release ‘Goodbye, Glittrsmack!’?
Even before I had @glittrsmack, I had @julianaracquel and deleted it. I like to practice spontaneous rebirth. Once something becomes a burden, I let go. It gives me the opportunity to recreate myself. I switched schools many times in my younger years and I think that experience left an imprint on me. I can’t help but crave new things… my indulgence is letting go of old ideas. “Goodbye, Glittrsmack” is simply a retrospective of the best of glittrsmack. I killed glittsrmack off of my own show. You can buy the book here.
What is your aim with your new era as ‘127’?
Its just another part of my growing process. 127 is the evolved, more confident version of glittrsmack. I’m interested to see what I become next… even I don’t know!
Your work boasts an impressive mix of mediums across beauty, drawing, clothing, textiles and film work, to name a few! Do you have a favourite medium you like to work with?
To be honest, I tend to fall in love with anything that isn’t what I was just working on. It’s all a matter of what’s happening right in front of me. I truly feel all creative processes share the same root flow- once you find it, you can do anything. I see them as different languages trying to say the same thing. Perhaps my greatest love and safest space is drawing.
Where do you like to go for inspiration?
Thrifting, flea markets, old movies! I love to see old things and the way they were made. I like to imagine what frame of mind the maker was in and what societal norms they were breaking to create the new which we see as old now. It’s comforting for someone who literally can’t stop doing new things.
What is the process you take when coming up with new looks? Is it carefully considered before you create it or do they happen organically?
My process involves both initial and organic ideas, and combinations of the two. I feel one or the other would be flat! I let my crazy moods guide me.
Do you have a favourite look you have created?
The one I just made, the Window look! Previously it was the Red Circle look with the wing shape made of negative space.
Your work has been very well received across social media! Has the response surprised you at all?
In some ways I am surprised, in others I’m not. I’ve known since I was very young that I wanted to make things for myself that other people could enjoy too. I’m never going to stop wanting that. It’s an irrepressible energy.
Besides your own, who else’s creative work do you enjoy?
Changes all the time, but some constants include: Bjork, Haruki Murakami, David Bowie, Marina Abramovic, Yayoi Kasuma, and Grace Jones. I am obsessed with strong and individualistic humans who make their own rules. It’s all I care to be.
If you could create a beauty look on anyone, who would be the person you would pick?
I don’t wish to create a beauty look on anyone in particular. I wish to do the most with what I have in any given situation.
What is your favourite song lyric?
“Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” by Edith Piaf (roughly translates to): “Not the good things that have happened/Nor the bad, it’s all the same to me/No, absolutely nothing/No, I regret nothing/Because my life, because my joy/Today… it begins with you!”
What is your favourite emotion?
I like the feeling of acceptance. Something you can practice when coming down from happy, sad, or angry. When you accept yourself, you live out your truth.
And finally, what advice do you live by?
My own: ask for lots of advice, and don’t take it!