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Julia Powers
Interdisciplinary Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Minor in Art History

So it feels is a digital cento composed of nine lines gleaned from student work in Claire Cowie’s and Maya Sonenberg’s Book Arts and Creative Writing classes at the University of Washington. These source texts were shared in April and May of 2020 in the context of COVID-19.

I printed the lines onto scraps of tengujo tissue using a Canon inkjet printer then filmed them as I blew them across a sheet of white paper. I shot and over-exposed the footage on an iPhone 5 and compiled the video in Adobe Premiere Pro.

A co-authored, unbound book, So it feels is an experiment motivated by collaboration amidst isolation and material limitations imposed by the pandemic.

I’m grateful to Brianne R., Katie W., Tanner W., Sarah B., Amy Z., Kollee K., and Angelica F., whose words inspired this project.

The full work can be viewed at http:/soitfeels.com.


Julia Powers is a poet, printmaker, and book artist from Minnesota. After studying in Pratt Institute’s Writing Program, she transferred to the University of Washington to pursue a double major in Creative Writing and Interdisciplinary Visual Arts with a minor in Art History. Stemming from her literary practice, her work is concerned with the materiality of language, the medium of paper, and the relationship between image and text. Julia is a curatorial intern at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery and managing editor of the art journal MONDAY.