Hello, my name's Julia. I'm a baker, food writer and entrepreneur.
I began my career as an industrial designer, graduating from the Royal College of Art. In 2014, I retrained as an artisan baker and have been working in the food industry ever since. I currently write a monthly food column for Mold Magazine and have recently launched edible food museum, The Edible Archive. My cookbook, 'How to eat your Christmas tree' was published in Winter 2020 by Hardie Grant.
For enquiries please email me at juliageorgallis(AT)gmail.com
These are my current projects. My most recent work looks at food as an important design tool to educate and empower.
How to eat alone
Podcast and Recipe Blog
'How to eat alone' is a cookery podcast and recipe blog which explores issues surrounding loneliness, solitude, isolation and independence and offers recipes for meals designed to be eaten alone. Recipes will be published before each podcast episode, so listeners can cook along and eat whilst listening - think of this podcast as a dining companion.
Listen to the podcast here
How to eat your Christmas tree
Cookbook and Supper Club
(2015 - Current)
'How to eat your Christmas tree,' is half a cookbook and half a research document that explores how we can deal with one of the most joyful, but wasteful times of year in the face of a climate crisis. The project started life as a supper club in 2015, where 5 delicious courses were served to diners using leftover Christmas trees, as a way of encouraging people to rethink waste at Christmas time. The supper club runs every December/January and the cookbook was published by Hardie Grant in 2020.
You can buy the book here.
The Edible Archive
The Edible Archive is an interactive, edible food museum. The aim is to educate through food and to explore the idea of thinking through eating. We host educational, accessible and fun supper clubs and events, as well as publish food-related content and research. It is a space for food research projects such as 'How to eat alone' and 'How to eat your Christmas tree' to live.
Designers on Holiday Kitchen
Summertime Kitchen Residency
(Every summer since 2015)
Excluding the summers of 2020 and 2021 for obvious reasons, I run the outdoor kitchen at the Designers on Holiday Project in Gotland, Sweden each summer for two weeks. Feeding roughly 20 campers every day, three times a day for the duration of the holiday, the kitchen aims to be a collaborative making and eating space, with a zero-waste policy that harnesses the beautiful ritual of outdoor cooking.
Some sneaky collaborations that I am involved with on the side.
Jewellery designed by data.
(2020 - Current)
My Saturday morning, kitchen table side hustle, in collaboration with designer and friend, Jess Jones. We have recently re-established our jewellery studio, Meta, after starting the project at university together over 10 years ago. The studio combines data driven design, high tech production processes and works with artisanal, heritage makers in the UK to create meaningful, bespoke jewellery collections.
View the full collection here or email
Restaurant in Lisbon, Portugal
(2019 - Current)
I am an investor in the fire-fuelled restaurant, Queimado, run by chef Shay Ola and architect Hannah Reusser. The restaurant operates from boutique hotel, Esqina, in downtown Lisbon alongside its sister bar and vinyl room, Static.
A collection of older work and projects.
The Bread Companion
Nomadic Teaching Bakery
(2014 - 2021)
The Bread Companion was a moving micro bakery and an online platform for 'breaducation.' After 6 years of being on the road, teaching hundreds of people how to bake their own bread and baking/consulting for a number of clients, the physical bakery was put to bed in 2021 and the trailer donated to a small bakery in London.
The project aimed to inspire people to make their own bread and take control of their food.
Visit the The Bread Companion's website to find out more about the project and learn about bread.
Tutor at Kingston School of Art, London
(2015 - 2018)
I taught on the Masters in Product and Furniture Design course and the Art Foundation part time until 2018. Tutoring involved writing and running projects and briefs, running individual and group tutorials for students and supporting students to create work for their final shows.
Range of hats
Designed in collaboration with RCA colleague
Dustin Jessen as part of our joint graduating project at the Royal College of Art. 'Hat 001' was made in collaboration with one of the UK's last remaining hatters, Walter Wright and Sons. The hat looks like a casual, baseball cap, but is produced using higher quality materials and much simpler manufacturing techniques used to make a top hat, streamlining the hatting process overall.
RCA Independant Graduate Exhibition
"The (design) world is a funny place, full of opposites and contradictions. Big vs Small, Rich vs Poor, Analogue vs Digital, Global vs. Local, Craft vs Mass Manufacture." To try to unpick these concepts, after graduating from the RCA in 2014, I curated an exhibition of work by fellow Design Products graduates. Big Small Show was part of the London Design Festival 2014 and hosted, not only an exhibition but a series of events such as a Swearing Competition, talks and the installation 'Commodity Casino.'
Royal College of Art Christmas Fete
A market place for art students
(2012 - 2013)
As UK University fees were increased and cuts in funding for the arts became more pronounced I started an MA at the Royal College of Art. During Christmas 2012 and Christmas 2013, I collaborated with the Student Union to galvanise the students of the RCA to sell their work with no retail fees. The RCA Christmas Fete was the College's first student run Christmas sale in its 174 year history and was an opportunity, not only for students to make some money, but for the public to pick up work by future art and design stars. The Fete is still run by the RCA Student Union each year.
Navigating the High Street - An A-Z of London
Royal College of Art Dissertation
In 1938, Eric Ravillious and J.M Richards published an illustrated book of High Street shops. It contained all sorts of shops that don’t exist anymore, but that were crucial to everyday life at that point in time. As part of my dissertation at the Royal College of Art, I went on a High Street Safari around London and compiled a list of current shops, looking at what their presence on the high street meant to the communities which surrounded them. This was a way of navigating the city that I grew up in. It was a type of A-Z of the ever-changing High Street and consequently the ever-changing city...