About Jurema - the artist

Jurema Walendowsky
Originally from Brazil, Jurema spent most of her adult life as an expatriate. In the 2000 she settled down to live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where she established Jurema Creations, before returning home to Itajai, Brazil in 2016

Jurema now combines her avid admiration of oriental art, her extensive antique restoration experience together with her undying love for nature and artistic talents to create inspirational works of art from nature's spent flora.

She studied Chinese Art and Islamic Art at SOAS University of London.

The Jurema lacquer method

The Jurema Lacquer Method that she developed has taken many years of refinement to its current state. The process is entirely manual, recycling natural materials, and treating them to ensure their preservation and durability. Art pieces are then colour-coated with as many as 6 layers of lacquer before being sealed.

Jurema takes what is left over from the bountiful rainforests and transforms them into unique, decorative, and useful items for the home or office. Some of the natural materials she uses include coconuts, bamboos, durian - a native-Malay fruit, coconut tree bark known in Malaysia as ‘upeh’, as well as palm tree bark.

What makes Jurema’s creations so unique is that none of the pieces are alike, ensuring complete exclusivity. Nature’s way attends to that, as do Jurema’s artistic embellishments. All pieces are one-of-a-kind.

What was once a piece of bark, becomes a chic sushi tray, or an elegant fruit bowl, wine cooler, etc. Sections of a bamboo trunk become lacquered candleholders. The selection of Jurema’s creations is extensive and varied.

Imagination goes hand-in-hand with Jurema Creations; yet the unique and distinctive appeal of each and every piece cannot be lost on any beholder of such creativity at its utmost.

In March 2003, Jurema was asked to provide numerous native palm trays to be used as centrepieces on the banquet tables at the coronation of the 9th Sultan of Selangor, Malaysia.


Jurema has held exhibitions at Badan Warisan Malaysia (Heritage of Malaysia Trust) in Kuala Lumpur and at the Hyatt Regency in Kuantan, to name a few.

Her art is often featured in various magazines and newspapers throughout Malaysia.