If you are looking for a special pair of earrings to lend a bit of class or special look to any outfit, be sure to visit JULIA A on Etsy. Julia's shop specializes in earrings, so I'm sure you can find the perfect pair! I know I can't leave the house without wearing earrings! Let's hear what Julia has to say about how she got started making her jewelry.
What led you to start creating your art/craft?
I remember finding a bead shop when I was in high school; I immediately gravitated toward deep blues, and was entranced by the idea of creating things I really loved, with designs that were completely mine. I think I was 16 at the time. Since then, I've been working with beads off and on, and it's been a consistent passion more recently. In the past year or two, my main focus has become earrings.
How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?
I've been drawn to beads, and earrings, because they're something that I enjoy and wear. Designing and making them had instant appeal.
What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?
I love discovering a new way to accentuate pretty beads...the satisfaction of new designs is wonderful. I'm waiting for an order of beads in the mail now, and I'm excited to get started with some new looks!
If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?
Wild blueberries are unique in their wonderful color, and they're sweet and dainty. The work I do seems best described by blueberries--I make unique statements of classic beauty with my dainty earrings.
If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?
I've always thought it would be wonderful to work with clay...handmade pottery can have such gorgeous colors, and it would be involving and satisfying to work with color and shape in such a versatile medium.
What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?
Beauty and balance. I like interesting jewelry that's based on simple beauty. Pretty beads set off by a bit of embellishment can make a strong stylistic statement while still being petite and lovely.
What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?
It's common advice: Find what you're passionate about. If you love what you're creating, you'll achieve much more, and enjoy it immensely.
Thanks, Julia, for taking the time to share your thoughts and creativity with everyone!
Be sure to visit Julia's Etsy shop and her other links below, where you will find delightful, affordable earrings to compliment any outfit you might decide to wear.