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Motif Seattle, A Destination Hotel, Names Seattle Glass Art Maestra Julie Conway As Annual Motif Visiting Artist

Acclaimed Local Glass Artist to Have Her Design Showcased Throughout the Hotel

SEATTLE, Washington – July 19, 2017 - Motif Seattle has named master glass artist Julie Conway as its new Motif Visiting Artist for the 2017-18 year. Each year since the hotel’s inception, Motif Seattle has worked with a Seattle-based artist to create a design “motif” that is creatively integrated into various touchpoints throughout the hotel including in-room stationary, business cards, room keys, uniform accessories worn by team members, and highlighted on the hotel’s website and social media. In addition to having her design integrated throughout the hotel, Conway will provide private glassblowing demonstration events for Motif Seattle’s clients throughout the year.

Conway was selected from dozens of artists for her design submission, “Light Ray,” which she was inspired to create after visiting the hotel following its recent redesign. Her visually striking creation was derived from an organic pattern of light and shadow resulting from the distortion of light through glass. 

“Light Ray not only symbolizes the balance between light, shadows and reflections – which are my trademark inspirations – but I also used a geothermal filter that resonates with Seattle’s historic waterways and our marine commerce,” said Conway.

“We could not be more enthusiastic to team up with Julie Conway to bring her dynamic work to life throughout our independent hotel,” said Shannon Sheron, General Manager of Motif Seattle. “She is a world class talent, and her winning design, Light Ray, is a vibrant balance between subtle details and bold pops of color.”

Conway brings to Motif twenty years of experience in glass artistry. Her expertise was forged in several of the world’s preeminent workshops, including Cam Ocagi in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Abate Zanetti Scuola del Vetro on the island of Murano, in Venice, Italy. Now based in Seattle at her Illuminata Studio, she also is a glass teacher and volunteer at Pratt Fine Arts Center. Illuminata’s work is prolific: Conway has installed custom glassworks at locations including hotels and corporate offices and has been the subject of exhibitions at SOFA Chicago as well as IDS WEST Vancouver, BC. She was also named the Featured Artist for Corning’s GlassFest 2017 put on in conjunction with the Corning Museum of Glass.

Having identified the need to minimize the environmental impact of her beloved craft, Conway founded, a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the efficiency of glass studios and glass making practices. She implements this at her studio by incorporating low-energy LED components and recycled materials in her works. A recognized and celebrated expert in her field, Conway has held speaking engagements on the subject at the Glass Art Society in Chicago, the AusGlass Conference in Canberra, Australia, and NYCxDesign, among others. She has also authored perspective articles in publications such as Glass Quarterly Magazine and Omaha Magazine.

Conway says she enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest, a place where light and sun are appreciated as precious commodities. She is inspired by her surroundings and enjoys stargazing, studying languages, and hanging out with her beloved cat in her spare time. To see more of Conway’s work, follow her on social media @illuminataglass.


About Motif Seattle, A Destination Hotel

Following a $10 million redesign of its 319 guestrooms, Motif Seattle is an upscale, independently branded hotel inspired by the area’s rich fashion, arts and music scenes. Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, Motif Seattle is surrounded by the city's finest restaurants, shopping, entertainment venues, museums and attractions. The hotel features Frolik Kitchen & Cocktails, which offers a true social experience with a vibrant design, sharable menu, downtown Seattle’s largest outdoor patio, fireplaces, games and more. Motif Seattle – which was named one of the Top Hotels in the Pacific Northwest by Conde Nast Traveler readers in 2016 – draws its inspiration from the area’s rich history, innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, and vibrant artistic scene, creating a guest experience woven from the heart of Seattle.

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Destination Hotels (Destination) is a collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States and the Caribbean. Offering authentically-immersed and enriching experiences, each property is individual at heart, yet connected by a commitment to drawing upon the best of each location. Highly distinct, the Destination experience is always memorable and matchless; guests will feel the locale in a genuine way through each property and during the engaging moments cultivated both in and outside of them. Continuously growing with more than 40 properties from coast to coast, the award-winning portfolio features 20 renowned golf courses, 20 indigenous spas, and 110 exceptional bars and restaurants. Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.

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